January 30, 2017
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House Bill 1809: Tax credits for clean alternative fuel commercial vehicles

Sponsored by Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, and Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, House Bill 1809 is a result of AWB’s Alternative Fuel Task Force.

We created the initial incentive program in 2015 and received $60 million in funding over 10 years. This update would clarify some process obstacles and expand the program to additional commercial activities. More specifically, HB 1809 would:

1. Streamline application process by allowing a single application for a fleet of vehicles, rather than an application for every vehicle.

2. Extend the requirement to deploy a vehicle within 120 days of receiving the approval of credit to 1 year.

3. Extend eligibility to auto transportation companies.

4. Extend eligibility to commercial services. Currently, vehicles that don’t carry a commodity listed in statute don’t qualify. HB 1809 would expand eligibility to include service type vehicles, like AC repair vans, etc.

5. Extend conversion eligibility to older vehicles. The program currently limits eligibility to vehicles under 30,000 miles and less than two years of date of manufacture. HB 1809 extends these limits to 10 years and 450,000 miles.

6. Double the caps on maximum credit amounts per vehicle.

Contact Mike Ennis, AWB government affairs director for transportation, to learn more.

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