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Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate Program

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May 14, 2024 - Update: As of the week of May 14, 2024, MEA is currently processing eligible residential applications received on or around December 10, 2023. If your residential application was submitted AFTER December 10, 2023, your application is still in the queue for review and has not yet been reviewed.

Explanation of Response Time on Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Rebate program applications and inquiries:

The number of new all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicle registrations in Maryland has increased rapidly by more than 29,700 registrations in just the last year (i.e., October 2022 to October 2023). Each of these new electric vehicle registrations represents a new potential applicant who may seek to pursue an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment rebate.  As a result, the influx of applications to the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment rebate program has come in rapidly and in large volumes in a short period of time. Due to the high level of interest in the program as a result of the rapid growth of EV adoption in Maryland over the last year, it could take a couple of weeks for MEA staff to respond to email inquiries, and possibly several months to process applications, up to the statutorily-established program budget.

MEA is diligently working to accept, review, and process Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment rebate applications, in support of electric vehicle adoption in Maryland. Eligible applications are being processed in order.  Emails are also being responded to in the order the email was received.

Thank you for your patience as MEA staff works through the high volumes of interest in the EVSE rebate program.  Should you have a question, the best way to reach out to MEA is through the EVSE inbox at evse.mea@maryland.gov​.

Funding Status Update: Based on the applications received to date that are still under review, FY24 EVSE Rebate Program funding for both residential and commercial applicants is estimated to have been fully exhausted in November 2023.

Interested parties may still apply to the Program, in case upon review some applications are determined to not be eligible for the maximum incentive amount or additional funding becomes available at a later date to cover these applications. If additional funding does become available, it would be made available after July 1, 2024 (the beginning of fiscal year 2025 (FY25)), through additional legislation. 

In addition, any future program year requirements and incentive levels may be different from those in the FY24 program. Rather than processing these applications received after the FY24 funding was exhausted under FY24 program guidelines, MEA may instead require “waitlisted” applicants to submit new applications for consideration under program guidelines in effect for any future program year. Additional guidance will be posted to the program website as it becomes available.​

Please note that at this time MEA cannot guarantee availability of funds, budget amount, eligible technology, rebate structure, or incentive amount. Applicants who submit an application will receive confirmation of receipt by email, and applications will be retained. Eligible applications will be processed in the order received, in the event additional funding becomes available. 

By submitting an application, applicants consent to MEA’s current data collection protocols, which are detailed in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) below.

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Note:  For those Commercial EVSE applicants who have already reached the FY24 annual rebate cap of $125,000, please note that MEA will not accept any new, additional EVSE applications until any potential FY25 program is authorized, pending all necessary approvals, and the future FY25 program application is published.

Program Purpose: The EVSE Rebate Program aims to reduce the financial burden of acquiring and installing charging stations, and increase EV adoption in support of the state’s EV deployment and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals.​

Program Description: The Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate Program provides funding assistance for eligible costs incurred acquiring and installing qualified EV supply equipment, also referred to as charging stations.

Program Budget: The total amount of funding established for the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) rebate program is $2.5M.  

  • $1.5M of funding was initially allocated for residential EVSE applications, and $1.0M was initially allocated for commercial EVSE applications.
  • After April 1, 2024, these initial funding allocation limits will be removed. Any FY24 applications not yet processed due to the initial funding allocations being exhausted will then be processed, up to the available overall FY24 budget for the entire EVSE Rebate Program.

​​​​​​Rebate Category​​
​Percentage of Total Eligible Costs*​​
​Maximum Rebate Amount per Charger*
​​​Residential
​50%
​Up to $700
​Commercial
​50%
​Up to $5,000

*These rebate amounts apply to applications received on or after July 1, 2023. Rebate amounts for applications received prior to July 1, 2023, can be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) posted under Program Documents.

  • To help ensure EVSE incentives are directed to a more permanent build-out of EVSE infrastructure, EVSE rebates will no longer be issued to Level 1 EVSE purchased on or after October 1, 2023.
  • While all multi-unit developments (MUDs) are eligible for the FY24 EVSE Rebate Program, MEA is currently investigating options to provide additional benefits for EVSE installations in MUDs within low-to-moderate-income, overburdened, and/or underserved communities.

Type of Program: Rebate; Non-competitive (first-come, first-served) until program funds are exhausted.

Application Submission Guidance: Please see the “How to Apply” section of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) located under Program Documents below. Applicants must thoroughly review the FOA before applying to see important information regarding project requirements, eligibility restrictions, the application process, and program terms and conditions.

Program Documents:

NOTE: Beginning on October 1, 2023, applicants must use the most up-to-date versions of the FY24 EVSE Rebate Program Residential or Commercial Application Forms. MEA will not accept outdated versions of the application forms on or after October 1, 2023. An applicant whose application is rejected for this reason is free to re-apply using the current application form.​

If you have questions regarding general program information​, submitted applications and/or their status, please contact evse.mea@maryland.gov.

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Note: Maryland's Excise Tax Credit for Plug-In Electric Vehicles program is administered by Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), not the Maryland Energy Administration. The MVA handles vehicle titling. Details on the MVA's EV tax credit program can be found on their webage hereQuestions can be directed to MVA through Contact MVA​.

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