• Grants, Laws and Incentives

Making changes to improve Utah’s air quality isn’t always easy. That’s why at Utah Clean Cities, we do everything we can to make the process go smoother. We’ve compiled a list of various grants, incentives and laws that will make your transition to clean fuels seamless.

If you have any questions, or need more information in pursuing a grant, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Updated November 15th, 2019

Federal Incentives 

Federal Tax Credits for All-Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Federal Tax Credit Up To $7,500!

All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased 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. State and/or local incentives may also apply.

Click HERE to access more information!

Utah Clean Cities Incentives 

Together with the Lancer Group,
Utah Clean Cities can now offer you Bosch chargers at a reduced price!
How it works:
  • Purchase a Bosch charger from Utah Clean Cities for $100 less than anywhere else
  • $25 goes back to the Utah Clean Cities Idle Free school program
  • Carry a one-year warranty that can be extended to three years if installed by The Lance Group or other certified installer.
  • Pricing on other Bosch models are available

Contact Us for More information and to purchase

State Incentives 

Utah Department of Environmental Quality:

Volkswagen Settlement

The State of Utah became a beneficiary of over $35 million from the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust, part of a settlement with VW for violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The Governor has designated the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as the lead agency to administer this funding, including the development of an Environmental Mitigation Plan (EMP). The EMP will provide a high-level overview of which eligible vehicle/equipment categories the State of Utah will fund through the settlement to reduce the excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles that were not in compliance with the CAA.

Announcement of EVSE Projects Funded

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert entrusted the oversight of the settlement funds to Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality, according to a press release from the DEQ. About 11 percent of that money, or approximately $3.8 million, was designated for Electronic Vehicle charging equipment.

A full list of the applications funded includes:

  • Orem
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Provo
  • Utah Valley University
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  • Clinton
  • Davis Technical College
  • Kamas
  • Kaysville
  • Murray City Power
  • Price City Municipal Corporation
  • Salt Lake County Health Department; Environmental Health Division
  • Sandy
  • South Salt Lake City
  • Utah Department of Transportation
  • Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management
  • Weber State University
  • West Valley City Corporation

The remainder of the state’s settlement money will be awarded to government-owned vehicle/engine replacement projects for the Class 4-8 local freight truck, shuttle bus, transit bus, and school bus categories later this spring, the press release said. Those awarded the funds will have three years to complete their projects.


Utah Clean Diesel Program

The Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) established the Utah Clean Diesel Program to promote diesel emission reduction strategies. Since 2008, over $12 million in state and federal grants have helped public and private fleet owners in Utah reduce emissions from their diesel vehicles and equipment.

Utah State Clean Diesel and DERA funding for 2020:

Eligible Vehicles and Equipment

On-Highway, Class 5-8 Diesel Vehicles, Engine Model Years 1996-2006

  • School, Shuttle, and Transit Buses
  • Medium-Heavy-Duty or Heavy-Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks

Nonroad Diesel Equipment

  • Unregulated to Tier 2+ Locomotives (switcher, line-haul, commuter rail)
  • <50 – 751+ horsepower Nonroad Engines or Equipment, engine model years 1986+ -used in:
    • Construction;
    • Handling of Cargo (including at a port or airport);
    • Agriculture;
    • Mining; or
    • Energy Production (including stationary generators and pumps).

Eligible Projects and Funding Percentages

Criteria for Replacement Projects

Vehicles must:

  • be within engine model years 1996-2006
  • operate a minimum of 50% in the following counties: Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, and Weber
  • be operable and have a minimum of three years remaining in its useful life
  • be permanently disabled after the new vehicle is placed into service
  • be replaced with vehicles/equipment that are within the same vehicle class or equipment horsepower and operate in the same function and areas as the vehicle being replaced

How to Apply

The DEQ is currently accepting applications for:

  • Diesel school bus replacement projects to electric; up to 45% for new electric bus + charging infrastructure ($1.3 million available)
  • Nonroad diesel equipment replacement projects; up to 25% for new equipment ($1.27 million available)
  • On-road diesel vehicle (Class 5-8) replacement projects; up to 45% for new vehicles ($4.8 million available)

Applications will be reviewed quarterly (October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1) until funds run out

Email application and supplemental documents to cleandiesel@utah.gov

Application and Supplemental Documents

Contact

Lisa Burr: (801) 536-4019
Courtney Ehrlich: (801) 536-4430


Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Funding Assistance Program

During the 2019 General Legislative Session, the State Legislature appropriated $4.9 million to be used as an incentive for the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) throughout the State. The EVSE Incentive Program allows businesses, non-profit organizations, and non-state government entities to apply for a grant for reimbursement of up to 50% of the purchase and installation costs of a pre-approved EVSE project. Funds can be used for the purchase and installation of both Level 2 or DC fast charging EVSE.

Eligible Entities

  1. Registered business that have a business license from the State of Utah,
  2. Non-profit entities (as defined in Title 26 US Code Section 501(c)) from the State of Utah, or
  3. Non-state government entity from the State of Utah.

Note: State entities can obtain funding from the Division of Administrative services. Please contact Michelle Brown: (801) 538-3246.

Eligible Equipment

Light-duty EVSE, including Level 2 and DC fast charging EVSE.

Eligible entities may receive reimbursement for EVSE costs and some costs association with EVSE installation.

Eligible Funding

For businesses and non-profit organizations

50% of the cost to purchase and install eligible light-duty EVSE that will be made available to the public, with a $75,000 maximum reimbursable amount for businesses.

For non-state government-owned property

50% of the cost to purchase and install eligible light duty EVSE that will be available to the public with no maximum reimbursement amount.

Completion

EVSE project shall be completed and fully operational on or before two years from the approval date of the preliminary application.

The EV Charing Incentive Program will began accepting applications on September 16, 2019.

Contact

DEQ Website for more info- https://deq.utah.gov/air-quality/workplace-electric-vehicle-charging-funding-assistance-program

Questions about the program should be directed to Mat Carlile: (801) 536-4116.

UCAIR Utah Clean Air Partnership Logo

The Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) empowers all business, government entities and nonprofit organization to make innovative changes that improve Utah’s air. To qualify for funding, you must submit your project idea to UCAIR through a Letter of Intent Form, found here. This will outline your idea and allow for discussion between the applicant and UCAIR’s Grant Selection Committee.

If the idea is approved, applicants can then access and submit a full UCAIR Grant Application Form for final approval and funding. Keep in mind, not just any idea will receive funding. Be sure to review the UCAIR Grant Information Sheet, which will detail the process for submitting a grant request. Keep in mind, while any idea that reduces emissions will be considered, projects must be based on solid metrics and performance standards.

You can read more about or receive additional assistance on this grant directly from UCAIR

Vehicle Emissions Program

Vehicle Repair Assistance Program (VRAP)

Depending on the age and overall condition of a vehicle failing the emissions test, low-income vehicle owners may qualify for vehicle repair assistance. We require a completed application and supporting documentation.

Contact us for more Information on Grants & Incentives

Tammie Bostick (tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org)
Emily Paskett (emily.paskett@utahcleancities.org)
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