DNREC Announces $1.4 Million in Grant Funding to Expand Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations

Competitive Grants to Install DC-Fast Charging Stations Will Facilitate Electric Vehicle Adoption and Improve Air Quality

Improving the availability of public charging stations for the growing number of electric vehicles on Delaware roads is the goal of a grant program announced this week by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

The public direct current, or DC-fast electric vehicle charging installation funding will provide up to 75% of the cost to build publicly available DC-fast charging stations for electric vehicles. DNREC expects to award one to three grants with the program’s $1.4 million funding.

Funding will be targeted to increase the availability of electric vehicle infrastructure in areas where access to fast charging stations is limited.

Transportation is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware. Today’s announcement follows closely on the heels of the release of Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, which outlines strategies and actions the state can take to reduce the emissions that cause climate change. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles and installation of charging infrastructure to support the growing number of electric vehicle drivers are key strategies in Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, available at de.gov/climateplan.

“Vehicle electrification is a leading strategy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our transportation system,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “By providing funding opportunities for businesses to install charging stations, we are combatting climate change, improving public health and providing new job opportunities.”

The funding builds upon Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Programs, which include a suite of rebates for light-duty electric vehicles and Level 2 charging stations.

Proposals are due by April 15, 2022. Project funds will be administered by the DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy. Funding comes from the Environmental Mitigation Trust, which resulted from the state’s plan to use $9.6 million from the negotiated settlement between Volkswagen and the federal government.

About DNREC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy uses science, education, policy development and incentives to address Delaware’s climate, energy and coastal challenges. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contact: Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov or Jim Lee, JamesW.Lee@delaware.gov

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DNREC’s Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Extended Six Months

Delaware Drivers are Saving Money With Electric Vehicles

Delawareans looking to help fight climate change and reduce their carbon footprint can receive rebates for new electric vehicle and charging station purchases through DNREC’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program, which has been extended through June 30, 2021.

“Transportation is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware,” said Gov. John Carney. “Vehicle electrification is a leading strategy in reducing those emissions, and by providing rebates to residents and businesses we are improving the air quality for a healthier Delaware.”

Rebates for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles and charging stations include:

  • $2,500 for battery electric vehicles, including vehicles with range extenders, with a purchase price of $60,000 or less;
  • $1,000 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with a purchase price of $60,000 or less;
  • Up to 90% of the cost of the charging station with a max amount of $3,500 per port/$7,000 per station.

The program provides cash rebates as part of Delaware’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and improving Delaware’s air quality.

“The Clean Transportation Incentive Program has been well-received across Delaware,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Since DNREC started this program, almost 5,000 rebates have been given to Delaware residents and businesses that have adopted cleaner fueled vehicles, like electric vehicles.”

Rebates are also available for natural gas and propane vehicles. Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program is made possible through Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). More information can be found at de.gov/cleantransportation.

About DNREC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy uses science, education, policy development and incentives to address Delaware’s climate, energy and coastal challenges. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Michael Globetti, Michael.globetti@delaware.gov or Jim Lee, JamesW.Lee@delaware.gov.


DNREC to extend popular Clean Transportation Incentive Program through the end of 2019

Delaware drivers and businesses choose environmentally-friendly, money-saving vehicles

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy today announced that the state’s popular Clean Transportation Incentive Program will be extended through Dec. 31, 2019 in response to Delawareans’ rising demand for cleaner fuel and electric vehicles. Rebate amounts will remain the same, but eligibility requirements will be updated slightly for clarity and flexibility. Changes will take effect July 1. The logo for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

“The Clean Transportation Incentive Program has been well-received across Delaware,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “When DNREC started this program, we hoped to assist at least 100 drivers in making the cleaner, more cost-effective vehicle choice. Three years later, we have exceeded that target seven times over. Electric and cleaner fuel vehicles are a smart choice for citizens and businesses alike.”

Launched in July 2015, the Clean Transportation Incentive Program has provided rebates to more than 750 Delaware drivers across all three counties for the purchase or lease of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The program has also provided more than 200 rebates for electric vehicle charging stations at residential and commercial properties and workplaces. The program was designed to help Delaware drivers choose vehicles that produce less or no tailpipe emissions, reducing both unhealthy pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.

Rebates for the purchase or lease of cleaner fuel vehicles are:

  • $3,500 for battery electric vehicles under $60,000 MSRP
  • $1,500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles with gasoline range extenders under $60,000 MSRP
  • $1,000 for battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over $60,000 MSRP
  • $1,500 for dedicated propane or natural gas vehicles
  • $1,350 for bi-fuel propane or natural gas vehicles
  • $20,000 for heavy-duty dedicated natural gas trucks

Rebates are also available for electric vehicle charging stations for homes, businesses, and workplaces.

Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program is made possible through Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). For more information, visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC Division of Energy & Climate announces launch of electric vehicle Delaware Workplace Charging Program

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate encourages businesses, non-profit organizations, and local governments to take advantage of the opportunity to install electric vehicle charging stations for employees’ use through the Delaware Workplace Charging Program. Participants in the program can receive rebates and technical guidance for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

Organizations who opt to “fuel electrically” by installing charging stations can receive rebates for as many as six charging stations. Rebates cover 75 percent of the cost of charging equipment, up to $5,000 per rebate.

As electric vehicles grow in popularity across Delaware and the United States, installing electric vehicle charging stations is a simple and effective way for businesses and organizations to “go green” and support sustainability in their workforce and communities. Currently, 37 models of electric (battery-powered) and plug-in hybrid electric (battery and gas-powered) vehicles from almost every major auto manufacturer in the United States are available, with more models coming out every year.

“Workplaces are ideal locations for charging stations,” said Clean Transportation Planner Kathy Harris, Division of Energy & Climate. “Vehicles are parked there up to 8 hours a day, allowing employees time to fully charge their vehicles and ensure they have enough battery range for their commute.”

Workplace charging also opens opportunities for electric fleet vehicles, which have lower fueling and maintenance costs than their gasoline counterparts.

In the past two years, DNREC’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program has provided 465 rebates for electric vehicles and 120 rebates for residential and commercial charging stations to Delawareans in all three counties.

The Delaware Workplace Charging Program is open to participants through June 30, 2018. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Division of Energy & Climate at 302-735-3480, and to visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Revamped clean fuel vehicle rebates now available from DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate

Clean Transportation Incentive Program relaunch features updated rebates for clean fuel vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations

DOVER – DNREC’s revamped Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program takes effect this week, offering higher rebates for drivers of battery electric vehicles – vehicles which run solely on batteries, using no other fuels – and adjusted rebates for other clean fuel vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations. Updated rebate amounts will apply only to vehicles and equipment purchased on or after Nov. 1, 2016. DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate has extended the program following its resounding success throughout the state.

More than 250 Delawareans across all three counties have received rebates for battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars since the program was launched in July 2015. The program’s initial goal of 100 electric vehicle rebates over a year and a half was surpassed in just six months.

The new program offers $3,500 rebates for most battery electric vehicles, and $1500 for plug-in hybrid electric, propane and natural gas vehicles. Rebates are also available for home, public and workplace electric vehicle charging stations. Individuals, businesses and workplaces are encouraged to participate.

“Businesses and residents throughout Delaware are seeing the benefits of electric and clean fuel vehicles, from economic savings to cleaner air,” said DNREC Secretary David Small. “When businesses transition to electric and clean fuel vehicles, they reduce operating and maintenance costs. When residents can drive from place to place with fewer polluting emissions, Delaware has a healthier and safer environment. We all win.”

The updated program also places a stronger emphasis on commercial and workplace electric vehicle charging stations by covering up to 75 percent of the equipment cost (price caps apply).

“Adding an electric vehicle charging station to a business or workplace can attract positive attention and customers, while supporting employees who drive electric vehicles,” said Susan Love, Climate Section administrator, Division of Energy & Climate. “Drivers need to feel comfortable that they’ll always have somewhere to charge up. Your business can be a part of that solution – and customers can shop, eat or stop in while their car charges. This is also a great option for towns and downtown districts looking to spur economic activity.”

The Division of Energy & Climate is working with partners throughout the state on projects that will add at least 10 new electric car charging stations, three propane fueling stations for clean fuel school buses and a public access compressed natural gas refilling station. These new projects bolster the alternative fuel network within Delaware, which currently has about 50 public electric vehicle charging stations, eight propane stations and one compressed natural gas station. Delaware is also working with neighboring states to build a comprehensive alternative fuel network within the region.

For more information about the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, or to download an application, visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

About the Clean Transportation Incentive Program
Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program was launched in July 2015 to encourage Delaware drivers and businesses to purchase and lease alternative fuel vehicles, including vehicles that run on propane, natural gas and electricity. Alternative fuel vehicles produce fewer or no tailpipe emissions, reducing both pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. The program is made possible through Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional market-based emissions cap and trade program. Delaware’s proceeds from RGGI are invested in energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions reductions programs and programs that benefit energy consumers. In addition to providing funds, RGGI encourages innovation, growing a clean energy economy and creating green jobs.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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