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Nevada Policy Data
Nevada has two incentives for AFVs in a parking fee exemption ($10 per year average decal fee), and AFVs are exempt from emissions testing requirements for the first six years. AFVs are also allowed to use the state HOV lanes.
From a legislative perspective, Nevada has several statutes relating to polution controls and using AFVs in school districts, the State passed a provision to allow the Departement of Conservation and Natural Resources to conduct a program for the promotion of AFVs (As of 2/2012, the program is still unfunded).
The legislature has pur in definitions of AFVs and the distribution network for alternative fuels, and the state has incepted specific tax rates for alternative fuels. The state also requires larger fleets within state agencies to obtain a percentage of AFVs as part of their fleet makeup.
Additional Reference Nevada's fuel taxes are managed by their DMV. Nevada adds a cleanup fee and an inspection fee in fuel taxes - they are reflected above.
IFTA - IFTA taxes are applied to vehicles of 3+ axles, or weighing more than 26,000 pounds. IFTA tax tables can be found here.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Parking Fee Exemption
By January 1, 2012, all local authorities with public metered parking areas within their jurisdiction must establish a program for AFVs to park in these areas without paying a fee. Each local authority is responsible for creating an application process and issuing a distinctive decal for AFVs. The fee for the decal may not exceed $10 per year. This requirement does not apply to parking areas associated with an airport. (Reference Nevada Revised Statutes 484A.468)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Emissions Inspection Exemption
A portion of any penalty assessed for violations of air pollution control laws must be deposited in the county school district fund where the violation occurred. The local air pollution control board must approve expenditures from the fund, which are limited to education programs on topics relating to air quality and projects to improve air quality, including purchasing and installing equipment to retrofit district school buses to operate on biodiesel, compressed natural gas, or a similar fuel that reduces emissions. (Reference Nevada Revised Statutes 445B.500)
Authorization for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
The Nevada Department of Transportation may establish, in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a program allowing federally certified low emission, energy-efficient, and alternative fuel vehicles to operate in HOV lanes regardless of the number of passengers. (Reference Assembly Bill 511, 2011, and Nevada Revised Statutes 484A.463)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Definition
Vehicles propelled to a significant extent by electricity from a battery that has a capacity of at least four kilowatt hours and can be recharged from an external source, and
Vehicles propelled solely by compressed natural gas, hydrogen, or propane and that meet or exceed Tier 2, Bin 2 federal exhaust emissions standards.
Special fuels, including biodiesel and biodiesel blends, have a reduced tax rate of $0.27 per gallon. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane) and compressed natural gas (CNG) used to operate a motor vehicle is taxed at a rate of $0.22 and $0.21 per gallon, respectively. For the purpose of taxing the sale or use of propane or CNG, 125 cubic feet of CNG or propane is considered equal to one gallon of special fuel. (Reference Nevada Revised Statutes 366.190, 366.197, and 373.066)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirement
Fleets containing 50 or more vehicles that are owned, leased, or operated by the state, a state agency, or a political subdivision of the state in a county with a population of 100,000 or more must acquire AFVs or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). Covered fleets are required to purchase either AFVs or certified ULEVs for 90% of new vehicles obtained. A fleet may meet the acquisition requirements by converting existing or newly acquired vehicles to operate on alternative fuels. An AFV acquired in compliance with this mandate must operate solely on the alternative fuel except when operating in an area where the appropriate alternative fuel is unavailable. Fleets with buses or heavy-duty vehicles are included. (Reference Nevada Administrative Code 486A.010-486A.250, and Nevada Revised Statutes 486A.010-486A.180)
2015 Session - Proposed Legislation
Amends the motor fuel taxes to recognize LNG DGE of 6.06 lbs. and adjust rates of tax. NV already uses GGE of 5.66 lbs. for CNG (also 126.67 cu. ft.). CNG pays 21 cents p/GGE today and would pay: 16.6 cents/07/01/15; 18.8 cents/07/01/2016; 21 cents/07/01/2017. LNG would pay the diesel fuel tax rate of 27 cents per DGE. Effective date 7/1/2015. The rates in NV currently are 23 cents for gasoline and 27 for diesel fuel. LNG currently pays 27 cents per gallon. Assembly amendment adjusts tax as follows: LPG tax per gallon 6.4 cent per gallon (defined LPG GGE); CNG GGE tax rate of 21 cent; LNG DGE rate of 27 cent. Effective July 1, 2015. Reference - AB32 Bill History, Reference - AB32 Bill Text Assembly amended and passed 4/15/15; passed Senate 5/17/15; enacted 5/20/15
Ties future increases in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and CNG and LNG tax to construction cost index. NG is currently at 21 cents and LNG at 27 cents (would increase to 27.75 under this bill). Reference - AB191 Bill History, Reference - AB191 Bill Text Status: second reprint in Senate.
2014 Session - Proposed Legislation
No Proposed 2014 NGV Legislation as of this update
2013 Session - Proposed Legislation
Allows local jurisdictions to increase taxes on motor fuels including CNG and special fuels. Does not provide special treatment for or change units used for taxing CNG or LNG. Reference - AB413 Bill History, Reference - AB413 Bill Text 2013-06-12 - Approved by the Governor. Chapter 540.
Imposes increased tax on motor fuels including special fuels (LNG falls there), LPG and CNG. CNG rate is based on 125 cubic feet in NV, but LNG appears based only on gallon basis, and this bill makes no changes to units used for applying the rates. Reference - SB377 Bill History, Reference - SB377 Bill Text Introduced on March 18 2013 - 25% progress, died in chamber
This state was last examined and updated in September, 2016.