Massachusetts is rolling out additional incentives to get more residents behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. On top of existing $3,500 rebates for EVs, the new MOR-EV program introduces rebates at participating dealerships at the point of sale, making it easier for buyers to access savings.
The state is also offering a $3,500 rebate for used electric vehicles for income-qualifying residents. This opens up EV ownership to drivers who may not be able to afford a new model. An extra $1,500 rebate called MOR-EV+ piles on top of the standard rebate for new or used EVs for lower income residents.
Certain light-duty pickup trucks will also see increased rebates in an effort to appeal to commercial and personal use drivers who need truck capabilities.
However, EV growth in Massachusetts is stunted by a lack of charging infrastructure in many parts of the state. Rural northwestern towns like North Adams, Shelburne Falls and Sterling along with Acton and Ware have no Tesla Superchargers whatsoever. Residents have complained on social media that Massachusetts has a charging desert, especially in the northwest region. Without adequate places to charge, EVs remain out of reach for many. More charging stations are needed to complement purchase incentives to allow EV ownership to take off in Massachusetts. The state must invest in infrastructure to match their dreams of an all-electric future.