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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 May 17 to June 11, 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 May 3 to July 30, 2021.  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 (DOE)’s EERE Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) are partnering on the “SuperTruck 3” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to offer up to $100 million in funding over four years—subject to appropriations—to pioneer electrified medium- and heavy-duty trucks and freight system concepts that achieve even higher efficiency and lower emissions.

The funding focuses on a range of approaches to electrification—all-electric, plug-in hybrid systems using renewable biofuels, and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including hybridization strategies such as fuel cell range extenders. Check out the funding opportunity announcement  to learn more. 

The application process includes two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due May 13, 2021, and full applications are due July 12, 2021. Applicants are required to submit a plan for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives, including support for people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advancing equity within the project team, and producing benefits for underserved communities.

Have a project idea? Let us know if our experienced team can help you put together a winning proposal.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)‘s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) is offering up to $62.75 million as part of its “Low Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment” FOA for innovative solutions to reducing emissions and increasing efficiencies for on- and off-road vehicles.

To accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption, the FOA will support expansion of EV infrastructure and charging, along with community-level EV demonstrations that can lower barriers to EV adoption—such as piloting EV car sharing and installing EV charging within multi-unit housing. The FOA is also open to projects developing advanced engines and fuels that operate with lower emissions. To learn more about the FOA please visit the EERE Exchange.

The application process includes two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due May 13, 2021, and full applications are due July 12, 2021. Applicants are required to submit a plan for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives, including support for people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advancing equity within the project team, and producing benefits for underserved communities.

Have a project idea? Let us know if our experienced team can help you put together a winning proposal.

The EPA 2021 Environmental Justice Small Grants Request for Applications is now open. This year, grant funding will have a special emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, climate and disaster resiliency, and diesel pollution in underserved communities living near ports and railyards.

The EJSG program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Proposals are due by May 7, 2021.   

We’d love to work with you on a proposal for this funding opportunity. Please contact us today.