The Rhode Island Charge Up! Program offers incentives to state agencies and municipalities interested in installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE or charging stations) at publically-accessible facilities, and supports the purchase or lease of electric vehicles (EVs) for integration into public sector fleets. Qualified public sector applicants may be eligible to receive a total award of up to $75,000 to support their adoption of clean transportation solutions.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo has recognized the potential for significant energy, economic, and environmental benefits derived from the increased adoption of clean transportation and energy alternatives, as well as the need for the public sector to "lead by example" by adopting more sustainable energy solutions. As an example, Governor Raimondo's Executive Order 15-17 (December 8, 2015) - titled, State Agencies to Lead by Example in Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy - includes a requirement that a minimum of 25 percent of new light-duty state fleet purchases and leases are met by zero-emission vehicles by 2025. The Charge Up! Program will support State Agencies and municipalities demonstrate their clean energy leadership through adoption of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electric vehicles for public sector fleets.
Through Charge Up!, applicants may qualify for up to $60,000 in incentives to support the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations (Level II or higher). EVSEs that are installed and made operational on or after July 1, 2016 will be qualified under this incentive program. In addition, applicants that install at least one charging station through this program may also qualify for up to $15,000 to support the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle as part of their public sector fleet. EVs with a completed purchase or lease agreement effective on or after July 1, 2016 will be qualified under this incentive program.
Rhode Island Statewide Planning has released a new handbook for municipalities looking to adopt Zero Emission Vehicles. The "Zero Emission Vehicle Municipal Handbook - A Land Use Guide for Cities and Towns" provides a variety of policy options that can be used together to provide drivers and land owners with the incentives they need to continue the expansion of Rhode Island's charging infrastructure. For more information, visit the Statewide Planning website or download the ZEV Handbook below!
For more questions regarding Charge Up! or for more information, please contact the Program Manager at:
Office of Energy Resources