Important Message

On January 1, 2019, Rebate Levels and Eligible Vehicles will CHANGE! To learn more, please visit the MOR-EV FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Changes

  1. What is changing in the MOR-EV rebate program?


General Questions

  1. Why is MOR-EV changing?
  2. What is MOR-EV?
  3. What vehicles are eligible for the program?
  4. Are leased vehicles eligible for the program?
  5. My application has been approved. When will I receive my rebate check?
  6. Who can I contact if I have questions?


Application Process

  1. Where should I email my MOR-EV supporting documentation?
  2. Can I mail in my MOR-EV supporting documentation?
  3. When and how do I reserve my rebate?
  4. How can I apply if I don't have computer access?
  5. How will an applicant know if he or she gets the rebate or not?
  6. What are the applicant requirements?
  7. What if I purchased or leased my vehicle before June 18, 2014?
  8. What is required for a vehicle to be eligible for MOR-EV?
  9. Why don't I see my vehicle on the eligibility list?
  10. Can I purchase the vehicle out of state?
  11. Is there a deadline to apply?
  12. Can I appeal the denial of my rebate application?


Additional Electric Vehicle Incentives and Resources

  1. Are there any federal tax incentives for electric vehicles?
  2. What is an EV license plate?
  3. How can I find out more about workplace charging?

 


Program Changes

  1. What is changing in the MOR-EV rebate program? Starting on January 1, 2019, the program will provide a $1,500 rebate to eligible BEVs or FCEVs with a purchase price below $50,000. The rebate application process will stay the same. Rebate eligibility is based on the purchase price of the vehicle.

     

General Questions

  1. Why is MOR-EV changing?
    Moving forward, the MOR-EV program will be shifting focus to fully electric vehicles – BEVs and FCEVs. These electric vehicles provide the most emissions savings for the transportation sector, the largest emitting source in Massachusetts. The emissions profile from electric vehicles will continue to decrease as the grid relies more heavily on clean and renewable electricity generation. In an effort to support this transition, the Commonwealth will continue to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state, with programs such as the VW Settlement Funds, DOER’s Green Communities funds for municipalities and the utility investment programs.

     
  2. What is MOR-EV?
    Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) is a program funded by the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and administered statewide by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in order to promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Since June 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has spent over $24 million in this effort by incentivizing the purchase of over 11,000 electric vehicles. The program has been very successful and has seen a rapid increase in clean electric vehicles over the past few months, signaling that the market is starting to take off. In an effort to support this growth sustainably, the MOR-EV program needs to change to allocate funds to areas where they can be most useful.


     
  3. What vehicles are eligible for the program?
    As of January 1, 2019, only two types of vehicles will be eligible for the program. Please visit the current complete list of eligible vehicles.

    Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
    BEVs are fully electric, zero-emission vehicles that have an onboard electrical energy storage device that can be recharged from an external source of electricity.

    Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)

    Zero-emission vehicles that are run on compressed hydrogen fuel that produces electricity to power the vehicle.

     
  4. Are leased vehicles eligible for the program?
    Leased vehicles are required to have lease terms of at least 36 months to be eligible for the program.


     
  5. My application has been approved. When will I receive my rebate check?
    We typically issue rebate checks within 90 days of application approval contingent on available rebate funding.

     
  6. Who can I contact if I have a question?

    Please contact the program administrator, Center for Sustainable Energy, at 866-900-4223 or mor-ev@energycenter.org for all program inquiries.
    Program staff is available from 8am-7pm EST to answer your questions, with 24 hour voicemail access.
    Program staff will return all voicemails left prior to 11am EST on the same business day. All voicemails will be returned by the next business day.
     

 

 Application Process

  1. Where should I email my MOR-EV supporting documentation?
    Please email all MOR-EV supporting documents — as outlined in the MOR-EV reservation email — to the following address:
    mor-ev@energycenter.org


     
  2. Can I mail in my MOR-EV supporting documentation?
    Yes, although we do recommend emailing your documentation if possible.

    Please mail your supporting documentation to:


    Center for Sustainable Energy
    Attn: Shawn Jones
    745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor
    Boston, MA 02111


    You can expect an email notification once your application materials are received.

     
  3. When and how do I reserve my rebate?
    Vehicle rebates can be reserved on the date of, and not prior to, vehicle purchase or lease.

    Go to the MOR-EV website to confirm a reservation, select the vehicle purchased or leased and fill out the online application. Once the application is completed, an email will be sent to the applicant stating the required supporting documents that need to be submitted via email, along with the signed application. All funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


     
  4. How can I apply if I don't have computer access?
    We can assist you through the application process if you don't have access to a computer. Please call us at 866-900-4223 to begin the process.


     
  5. How will an applicant know if he or she gets the rebate or not?
    If funds are available when the application is submitted, the amount will be reserved. As long as all the requirements are met, the applicant will receive the rebate. A notification email will be sent when the application is approved. For more details on the application requirements, see the following MOR-EV applicant requirements.


     
  6. What are the applicant requirements?
    Eligible applicants must meet requirements that include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Be a Massachusetts resident.
  • Be a purchaser or lessee of a new eligible vehicle and submit a MOR-EV application within 3 months of the vehicle purchase or lease date and prior to exhaustion of available rebate funds.
  • Purchase or lease an eligible vehicle before applying for a rebate. Vehicle purchase or lease date must be on or after start of program on June 18, 2014. Lease terms of at least 36 months are required for program eligibility.
  • Retain ownership of the vehicle for a minimum of 36 consecutive months immediately after the vehicle purchase or lease date.
  • Register the new vehicle with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles for a minimum of 36 consecutive months for use in Massachusetts.

The MOR-EV program currently only offers rebates to consumers. Businesses, fleets and other entities are not eligible to apply.
 

  1. What if I purchased or leased my vehicle before June 18, 2014?
    Only vehicles purchased or leased on or after the program start date, June 18, 2014, are rebate eligible. The goal of the MOR-EV program is to incentivize the purchase or lease of new vehicles to encourage more vehicle adoption in the state.

     
  2. What is required for a vehicle to be eligible for MOR-EV?
  • The vehicle must be new and manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or its authorized licensee. Vehicles considered new solely for determination of compliance with state emissions standards are not eligible.
  • The vehicle must be on the list of Eligible Vehicles on the date of purchase or lease.
  • As of January 1, 2019, the purchase price of the vehicle as reflected on the purchase or lease agreement must not exceed $50,000.
     
     
  1. Why don't I see my vehicle on the eligibility list?
    Vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) must meet a number of program requirements for MOR-EV program eligibility.

    Generally, a vehicle is not eligible to participate in the MOR-EV for one of these reasons:
    • It does not meet the ZEV definition.
    • It does not meet the approved California Air Resources Board certification requirements.
    • It is not available for purchase with a price that does not exceed $50,000.
       
       
  2. Can I purchase the vehicle out of state?
    Yes, the vehicle can be purchased out of state. However, the vehicle first must be registered as new with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to be eligible for the rebate program. For more information about purchasing a vehicle out of state, go to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.


     
  3. Is there a deadline to apply?
    Applicants must apply within 3 months of eligible vehicle lease or purchase to be rebate eligible.


     
  4. Can I appeal the denial of my rebate application?
    The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) considers appeals to the denial of a rebate application on a case-by-case basis. To begin the appeal process, contact the Administrator at MOR-EV@energycenter.org.

     

 

Additional Electric Vehicle Incentives and Resources

  1. Are there any federal tax incentives for electric vehicles?
    Federal tax credits for BEVs and PHEVs range from between $2,500 to $7,500, with factors such as battery capacity determining how much owners are eligible to receive. To meet the tax incentive's standards, a BEV or PHEV must have a battery with a minimum capacity of 4 kilowatt-hours. Vehicles with a battery capacity of 5 kWh or greater are eligible for an additional $417 of tax credit added for every kilowatt-hour in excess of 4 kWh. Vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF, with a 24-kWh capacity battery, will be eligible for the maximum $7,500 credit. Federal tax credit amounts for each qualified vehicle can be found on the Department of Energy's Fuel Economy website.

    A tax credit of up to $4,000 is available for the purchase of qualified light-duty fuel cell vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers must follow the procedures as published in Notice 2008-33 to certify to the Internal Revenue Service that a vehicle meets certain requirements to claim the fuel cell vehicle credit. Notice 2008-33 also provides guidance to taxpayers about claiming the credit. Under current law, this tax credit expires on December 31, 2014. For more information about claiming the credit, see IRS Form 8910, which is available on the IRS Forms and Publications website.


    For further information on federal tax incentives for alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicles, diesel vehicles and electric-drive vehicles, visit www.fueleconomy.gov. Additionally, local jurisdictions may also have incentive programs. Check with your local jurisdiction to find out what they offer.

     
  2. What is an EV license plate?
    The EV license plate clearly identifies your vehicle as electric to first responders. In case of any emergency, first responders will be able to quickly identify your electric vehicle and assess the situation appropriately.

     
  3. How can I find out more about workplace charging?
    You can make workplace charging a reality at your workplace! The Department of Energy Workplace Charging Challenge  gives you all of the tools necessary to start the conversation about installing charging at your workplace. Use the site’s provided workplace charging best practices, outreach tools, webinars and technical assistance to aid you in the successful implementation of workplace charging at your site.

    Employers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are also eligible to receive incentives for installing workplace charging. Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP): Workplace Charging offers incentives of up to 50% of the hardware costs for installation of Level 1 and 2 charging stations.

 


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