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Colorado Incentives

Electric Vehicle Tax Credits credits are available in Colorado for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Examples of electric vehicles include: Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Kia Niro EV, Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Kona EV, Audi e-tron, Rivian R1T, Porsche Taycan, and Jaguar I-Pace. Examples of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles include: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Prius Prime, Volvo XC60 PHEV, BMW 330e, Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Clarity PHEV, and Subaru Crosstrek PHEV. The current tax credit is $2,500 and can be rolled over from one year to the next. (More information on the Drive Electric Colorado website.) You can find out the details from the Colorado Department of Revenue document FYI Income 69

Information on tax credits for all alternative fuel types: Tax credits are available in Colorado for the purchase, lease and conversion of light, medium and heavy duty alternative fueled vehicles (electric/EV, plug-in hybrid or PHEV, compressed natural or CNG, liquefied natural gas or LNG, liquefied petroleum gas or LPG, and hydrogen.) These credits were simplified effective Jan. 1, 2017. No credit is allowed for the purchase or lease of a used vehicle made on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Information on credits available for motor vehicles that operate on CNG, LNG, LPG or hydrogen, and for information about the innovative truck credit for tax years commencing prior to Jan. 1, 2017 please see Colorado Department of Revenue document FYI Income 68.

Information on credits for purchase, lease, or conversion of motor vehicles that are EVs, PHEV, or that are run on CNG, LNG, LPG, or hydrogen or for idling reduction and aerodynamic technologies, clean fuel refrigerated trailers, and hydraulic hybrid conversions for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017, but prior to Jan. 1, 2022 see Colorado Department of Revenue document FYI Income 69.

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is accepting applications for the ALT Fuels Colorado Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast-Charging (DCFC) Plazas Program. This funding opportunity is designed to increase access to high-speed charging in and around the Denver Metro Area for public users and high-mileage fleets like Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). CEO will consider Plaza locations outside the Metro Area with a strong business case. CEO anticipates that proposed plaza locations will be in and around downtown areas, near high density housing and commercial developments, near transit hubs, and in locations where there is a high density of TNC/fleet EV drivers living. Proposed locations must take into account proximity of existing and planned DCFC locations and the potential for high utilization.

This opportunity is distinct from Charge Ahead Colorado as it expands requirements associated with planning, design, and operation. The result will be more strategic deployment of high-speed charging infrastructure needed by drivers without regular access to home or workplace charging or in need of quick, opportunity-based charging. Awarded applicants will enter into a contract with CEO for the construction term plus five years of continuous plaza operation.

CEO will administer two application periods for the program: one in the summer of 2020 and one in early 2021. Click here for program information including the Request for Applications (RFA), funding levels, and key activities and dates.

Charge Ahead Colorado typically has three application rounds per year in January, May and October. The current funding round is open January 15 to February 16, 2021. Public and private entities interested in installing a level II or DC fast charging station are encouraged to apply. More information on the Charge Ahead Grant is available here.  If you need help with your application, call us – we offer free coaching services for this funding opportunity. Contact us for more information on assisting you with your grant application.

The ALT Fuels Colorado grant current funding cycle is November 1 to December 31, 2020.  This program uses VW Settlement funding to incentivize the purchase of fully electric or renewable natural gas (RNG) powered Class 8 Local Freight Trucks (Heavy-Duty), Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks (Medium-Duty), Class 4-8 School and Shuttle Buses, railroad freight switchers, airport ground support equipment, heavy forklifts and port cargo handling equipment. ALT Fuel Colorado information available here.

The Colorado Clean Diesel Program makes grants to businesses to help offset the cost of replacing certain diesel equipment with all-electric or hybrid-electric equivalents. The round one application window is open September 1 to October 30, 2020. The 2020 Clean Diesel Program will award grants for all-electric and hybrid/plug-in transportation refrigeration units (TRUs), all-electric and hybrid-electric bucket trucks, all-electric material handlers, and associated electrical infrastructure. The program guide specifies the eligible technologies and other stipulations.

Federal Incentives

Several alternative fuel federal tax credits were retroactively reinstated and extended when the federal budget was passed in December. This includes tax credits for biodiesel, CNG and propane, and for fueling infrastructure for E85, biodiesel, CNG, propane and electricity, including residential.Be sure to take a look at the Alternative Fuels Data Center to see what’s changed and how you can take advantage of these updated tax credits.

All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased new in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. Click here for more information and to find a database of cars and their associated credits. (More information can also be found on the Drive Electric Colorado website.)

Federal Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $65 million through its Connected Communities funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide.

DOE will broaden its capability to evaluate and  demonstrate the growing flexibility of smart, grid-interactive, efficient buildings to serve the needs of building occupants and reduce energy consumption overall. Connected communities can leverage the latest advancements in building science, like state-of-the-art sensors, controls, and analytics, to more flexibly manage and deploy grid-scale energy efficiency and distributed energy resources.

Teams of broad partners are necessary to undertake this innovative and ambitious endeavor and Clean Cities partners are encouraged. To learn more about this FOA and its teaming partner list and to submit a concept paper, please visit EERE Exchange.

Have a project idea? Contact us for grant advising. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $60 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy.

Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity supports priorities in batteries and electrification, advanced engine and fuel technologies, materials, and new mobility technologies.

The application process includes two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 5, 2021, and full applications are due on April 7, 2021.

Take a look at the funding opportunity announcement and let us know if our experienced team can help you put together a winning proposal. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced they will begin accepting applications through the HBIIP online portal as provided on the program website. This is $22 million for fleets and fuel providers for a 50/50 grant for higher blends of biofuel.  Stations and fleets can apply directly.  

Applications for enrollment in the Higher Biofuels Infrastructure Incentive Program will be accepted from December 21, 2020 through January 19, 2021 at 5:59 pm ET.

Owners of transportation fueling and fuel distribution facilities located in the United States and its territories may apply for this program. Eligible entities include—fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket retailer fueling stations, fleet facilities, and similar entities with equivalent capital investments, as well as fuel/biodiesel terminal operations, midstream partners, and heating oil distribution facilities or equivalent entities.

See the updated application checklist.