Drivers who have been on the fence about converting to electric vehicles (EVs) got a lot of good news at the national level in 2022. Through both the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, the federal government is investing billions in making it easier for everyday Americans and businesses to buy and charge their EVs.
These two programs promise to lower prices for many EV buyers, make it more affordable for businesses to convert their fleets to electric cars and expand the nation’s EV charging infrastructure. And the good news is, the tax incentives in the IRA and NEVI programs aren’t the only ones available to Americans.
For more ways to make an EV purchase affordable, you can look to tax credits, grants and rebate programs in your state. For Massachusetts residents and businesses, there are quite a few options available. Here’s a look at current Massachusetts EV rebates and other incentive programs.
Utility and Electricity Provider Incentives and More
Customers in Massachusetts can earn a variety of credits, discounts and rebates from their utility companies.
Each provider has its own programs and criteria. For instance, Braintree Electric Light Department offers a $250 discount to customers who enroll in its Bring Your Own Charger program and purchase level 2 chargers. Eversource, meanwhile, offers incentives to customers who charge their EVs during off-peak hours. The company also now offers rebates of up to 100% of the cost of chargers installed at commercial and residential sites throughout the state.
National Grid, another Massachusetts utility, also offers charging stations rebates and incentives. Below are the available incentives for those qualified:
Workplace—National Grid funds up to 50% of the make-ready infrastructure costs for Level 2 approved projects.
Multifamily— National Grid covers the service upgrade and funds up to 100% of make-ready infrastructure and offers an EVSE rebate up to $2,000/port for approved projects.
Public—National Grid funds up to 50% of the make-ready infrastructure costs for Level 2 or up to $40,000 per port for DCFC approved projects. You could also receive up to 50% on the cost of eligible Level 2 EVSE hardware.
Fleet—National Grid funds up to 100% of the make-ready infrastructure costs for Level 2 and DCFC approved projects. You could also receive up to 50% or $2,000 for eligible Level 2 EVSE hardware and up to 50% or $80,000 for eligible DCFC EVSE hardware.
Municipality—National Grid funds up to 50% of make-ready infrastructure costs for Level 2 approved projects, up to 50% of the cost for eligible Level 2 EVSE hardware, with an additional rebate of $480 per port a year for eligible Level 2 network costs.
Charging Station Grants
Massachusetts residents and businesses can also take advantage of a variety of EV charging station rebates available through local utilities and the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP).
For residents, the Bay State’s recent announcement of a $400 million plan to install thousands of EV chargers is good news. The funding helps local energy providers Eversource, National Grid and Unitil provide rebates to individuals and businesses for installing chargers on their properties. The companies are also permitted to add a surcharge to customer utility bills to provide additional funding for building the required charging infrastructure.
Commercial properties Private, public and non-profit organizations of all kinds can also reduce the costs of installing EV chargers through the following MassEVIP grant programs:
Workplace and Fleet (WPF): Up to 60% of the cost of level 1 or 2 charging stations and installation and up to $55,000 per address, for organizations and fleets serving at least 15 employees on site
Multi-Unit Dwelling and Educational Campus (MUDC): Up to 60% of the cost of level 1 or 2 charging stations and installation and up to $55,000 per address — MUDs must have at least five units and educational campuses must have at least 15 students on site
Public Access Charging (PAC): Up to 80% (100% for government properties) of the cost of level 2 chargers and installation for a maximum of $50,000 per address — chargers must be available to the public 12–24 hours per day, depending on site restrictions
Electric Vehicle Rebates
The most substantial cost-saving program for would-be EV buyers in the Bay State is the Massachusetts EV rebate program, also known as MOR-EV. Through this program, residents and businesses can access significant tax rebates for the purchase of single EVs, entire fleets, or medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
MOR-EV for Individuals and Fleets
Individual Massachusetts residents can get a rebate of $3,500 for new battery or fuel-cell EVs of up to $55,000 purchased or leased on or after Nov. 10, 2022 (or up to $50,000 if purchased earlier). Rebates of $1,500 are also available for plug-in hybrid EVs. You must apply within three months of your purchase or lease, and the vehicle must reside and stay registered in Massachusetts for at least 36 months.
There are similar parameters for EV fleets, but they only apply to purchases made after June 25, 2020. Businesses and non-profits operating in Massachusetts can apply for credits on up to 10 vehicles at a time.
MOR-EV for Trucks
The MOR-EV Trucks program is designed to reduce emissions at scale by encouraging the use of more electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses and vans. Rebates apply to vehicles that cost at least $50,000 and have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 8,500 pounds. The exact amount you’ll receive depends on the vehicle’s weight and value, with rebates ranging from $5,419 to $90,000.
To be eligible for the Massachusetts EV rebate for trucks, vehicles must be leased or purchased on or after Feb. 16, 2021, stay in-state and be registered to the applicant for at least 48 months from the date of purchase.
Fleet Grants Through MassEVIP
MOR-EV isn’t the only program with potential benefits for workplaces and fleets. Local governments, public universities and colleges, and state agencies can apply for EV grants through MassEVIP. Grant range from $750 to $7,500 for purchased EVs and zero-emission motorcycles and $3,000 to $5,000 for leased EVs. Eligible applicants can receive funding for up to 25 vehicles.
Massachusetts EV Charging Incentives
As you can see, there are a variety of Massachusetts EV incentives available, and new programs come online regularly. Be sure to check with your electricity provider and government agencies regularly for more information about Massachusetts EV rebates in your area. Additionally, EV Connect’s products and services are currently approved for over $2.6 billion in active utility and local government incentive programs supporting EV charging for businesses. If you would like to learn more about the available programs in Massachusetts, click the button below to visit our incentive page.