Electric vehicles, or EVs, which require no gasoline and emit no pollution from their tailpipes, present a critical opportunity to improve air quality along the Wasatch Front, while at the same time reducing households’ fuel costs. Utah continues to expand the use of EVs through a variety of channels including $700,000 in grants and loans awarded by the DAQ (view the News Release). With the support from organizations such as Utah Clean Energy and our friends at Leaders for Clean Air and Utah Clean Cities the EV market has grown substantially here in Utah, but the efforts need to continue.
EV Charging Stations Maps:
Utah Electric Vehicles (Governor’s Office of Energy Development) http://utahelectricvehicles.org/
The 2016 Utah Legislative Session brought about lawmakers considering a couple of policies critical to the continual expansion of electric vehicles in the Utah. Two of the bills, HB 87 and HB 130, were priorities for Utah Clean Energy.
HB 87 Sub. 3 Clean Fuel Conversion Amendments
Sponsored by Representative Steve Handy and Senator Weiler
Continued Utah’s income tax credit for electric, plug-in hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles through the 2016 tax year and modified the state tax credit into a rebate for alternative fuel vehicle conversions. This bill originally proposed to extend the tax credit for electric, plug-in electric, and other alternative fuel vehicles through 2020, but the bill was ultimately passed without this important extension due to funding limitations.
HB 130 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Amendments
Sponsored by Representative Patrice Arent and Senator Van Tassell
This bill expanded Utah’s C-PACE financing law to explicitly allow C-PACE financing to fund the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and energy storage technologies. The bill extended the allowable financing term for C-PACE projects to 30 years. Go here for more information about C-PACE financing in Utah.
Visit Utah Department of Air Quality for additional bill summaries from the Utah Legislature’s 2016 General Session.