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FAQ's

 

I.  What is the Excise Tax Credit for Plug-in Electric Vehicles?  Am I eligible?
 
II.  Can I drive my plug-in electric vehicle in the HOV lanes?  Do I need a
      special permit?
 
III. 
Are there any programs to help with charger costs?
 

 
 
1.  What is the Excise Tax Credit for Plug-in Electric Vehicles?  Am I
      eligible?

You may be eligible for a one-time excise tax credit, up to $3,000.00, when you purchase a qualifying plug-in electric vehicle. Effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, an individual may be entitled to receive an excise tax credit on a qualifying plug-in electric vehicle regardless of whether they own lease the vehicle. Business entities may also qualify for the tax credit on up to ten vehicles.

Credits requests received are processed subject to the availability of funds.

The criteria for a qualifying plug-in electric vehicles are as follows:
 

  • The vehicle must be made by a manufacturer primarily for use on public streets, roads and highways. 
  • The vehicle cannot be modified from the manufacturer's specifications. 
  • The vehicle must be a new vehicle purchased from a dealer. 
  • The vehicle must be acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer, and not for resale. 
  • The shipping weight of the vehicle may not exceed 8,500 pounds. 
  • The maximum speed capability must be at least 55 miles per hour. 
  • The vehicle must be capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity. 
  • The vehicle must be propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery.
     

Credit requests received are subject to the availability of funding and will be calculated as follows:

The product of $125. times the kilowatt-hours of battery capacity of the vehicle not to exceed $3000. Vehicles with 25 kilowatt-hours and above will only qualify for the maximum allowed of $3000.

If you have purchased a plug-in electric vehicle from a Maryland dealer, the dealer will assist you with completing the proper form for the tax credit. If you purchased a new plug-in electric vehicle from an out of state dealer, you may download the Excise Tax Request for a Plug-in Electric Vehicle (VR-334) form.

There is no fee for applying for the tax credit. 

Motor Vehicle Administration

Mail In Title Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE, Room 30
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-800-950-1MVA(1682)
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-492-4575
Out-of-State: 1-301-729-4550

 

 
2.  Can I drive my plug-in electric vehicle in the HOV lanes?  Do I need a         

      special permit?
 

Drivers of plug-in electric vehicles, titled and registered in Maryland, will be allowed to use the HOV lanes in Maryland regardless of the number of passengers, providing they obtain and display an HOV permit on the vehicle.
 
The vehicle owner(s) must complete the Application for Plug-in Electric Vehicle HOV Permit (form VR-335).  You may download the form for the permit from Motor Vehicle Administration website at:

 
http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Resources/VR-335.pdf


The permit will be valid from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2017 and will be issued by:

  • The Vehicles Services Division, Room 104 at the Glen Burnie, MVA. and Mail application to the Glen Burnie MVA, Room 104.
  • The vehicle must meet all of the qualifications listed below in order to use the HOV lanes in Maryland:
  • The vehicle must be made by a manufacturer and be manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads and highways;
  • The vehicle cannot have been modified from the original manufacturer's specifications;
  • Is rated at not more than 8,500 pounds unloaded gross vehicle weight;
  • Has a maximum speed capability of at least 65 miles per hour;
  • Is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery that has a capacity of not less than 4 kilowatt hours for 4-wheeled vehicles and not less than 2.5 kilowatt hours for 2 or 3-wheeled motor vehicles;
  • The vehicle is capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity.

Note:  If you are planning to purchase a plug-in electric vehicle from a Maryland dealer, the dealer can issue you an HOV permit at the time of purchase.  There is no fee for the HOV permit.  However, the vehicle owner(s) must complete the Application for Plug-in Electric HOV Permit (form VR-335).

 
Motor Vehicle Administration

Vehicle Services Unit, Room 104
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

 
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center:  1-800-950-1MVA(1682)
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-492-4575
Out-of-State: 1-301-729-4550

 

  

3.  Are there any programs to help with charger costs?

Yes, residents, governments and businesses can acquire a state REBATE for purchasing and installing an electric vehicle charging station, known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). In order to receive these rebates, eligible participants must apply to the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) at http://energy.maryland.gov/Transportation/evserebate.html

MEA will issue rebates on a first-come, first-served basis.

The EVSE Rebate Program is for systems purchased and installed on or after July 1, 2014, but before June 30, 2017.

Additional Guidelines

  • Qualified EVSEs must be placed in service on or after July 1, 2014, but before June 30, 2017.
     
  • Tax credits are calculated by multiplying 50% by the purchase and installation price of your EVSE and are capped at the following amounts:
    • Residential: 50% up to $900
    • Commercial: 50% up to $5,000
    • Retail Service Station: 50% up to $7,500
       
  • EVSEs must be installed in the State of Maryland.
  • Individuals are limited to one (1) rebate.
  • Government applicants must utilize the Commercial Application Form
  • Commercial, Retail Service Station and Government applicants applying for more than four (4) credits must fill out the application form as well as EVSE Form A.
  • Eligible EVSEs include: property in the State that is used for recharging of motor vehicles propelled by electricity .
  • MEA or an authorized representative may contact you in the future regarding driving and charging behavior as well as overall electric drive satisfaction.
  

For more information about the program, contact Chris Rice at: crice@energy.state.md.us.

   

 

 

Last Updated on

11/05/2014