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District of Columbia Policy Data
The District of Columbia has several current incentives for owners of Alternative Fuel Vehicles including tax credits for building infrastructure and converting vehicles, and exemptions for driving restrictions with the District.
The District imposes an Acquisition Requirement for fleets of 10 vehicles or more to adhere to a 70% clean fuel requirement.
Current Estimated NGVs in the District of Columbia
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) and Infrastructure Tax Credit
Businesses and individuals are eligible for an income tax credit of 50% of the incremental or conversion cost for qualified AFVs, up to $19,000 per vehicle. A tax credit is also available for 50% of the equipment and labor costs for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel infrastructure on qualified AFV fueling property. The maximum credit is $1,000 per residential electric vehicle charging station, and $10,000 per publicly accessible AFV fueling station. Qualified alternative fuels include, ethanol blends of at least 85%, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, biodiesel, electricity, and hydrogen. This incentive expires December 31, 2026. (Reference District of Columbia Code 47-1806.12 through 47-1806.13, 47-1807.10 through 47-1807.11, and 47-1808.10 through 47-1808.11) NOTE: As of this update, no public record sites contain the updated DC Code for the 2013/2014 session.
Alternative Fuel and Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Title Tax Exemption
Qualified alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and motor vehicles with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated average city fuel economy of at least 40 miles per gallon (as listed at www.fueleconomy.gov) are exempt from the excise tax imposed on an original certificate of title. The original purchaser and subsequent purchasers of the same vehicle are eligible the excise tax exemption. The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles determines which AFVs qualify. (Reference District of Columbia Code 50-2201.03(j))
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exemption from Driving Restrictions
Certified clean fuel vehicles are exempt from time-of-day and day-of-week restrictions and commercial vehicle bans, if these vehicles are part of a fleet that operates at least 10 vehicles in the District of Columbia, a Clean Air Act designated ozone nonattainment area. This exemption does not permit unrestricted access to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, except for covered fleet vehicles that have been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Inherently Low Emission Vehicles (ILEV) and continue to be in compliance with applicable ILEV emission standards. (Reference District of Columbia Code 50-702 and 50-714)
Fleets that operate at least 10 vehicles in the District of Columbia, a Clean Air Act designated ozone nonattainment area, must ensure that 70% of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 pounds (lbs.) or less and 50% of vehicles with a GVWR between 8,500 lbs. and 26,000 lbs. are clean fuel vehicles. For these purposes, a clean fuel is any fuel, including diesel, ethanol (including E85), hydrogen, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), natural gas, reformulated gasoline, or other power source (including electricity) used in a clean fuel vehicle that complies with standards and requirements applicable to such vehicles. Certain exemptions apply. (Reference District of Columbia Code 50-702and 50-703)
2014 Session - Proposed Legislation
Provides 50% tax credit for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles and refueling equipment for 2014 - 2026. The credit would be available to individuals and corporations.. The tax credit is for converting a diesel or gasoline vehicle to operate on alternative fuel and it unclear as to whether this provision would also extend to new vehicles. The credit for vehicles has maximum value of $19,000 while the refueling credit is capped at $10,000 ($1,000 for home fueling).Reference - DC Act 20-377Passed by Council to Mayor 6/24/14; vetoed by Mayor, overridden by Council on 7/14/14
This state was last examined and updated in November, 2014.