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Tax incentives and/or other rebates, credits, incentives or related initiaves for drivers of alternative fuel vehicles or for other uses of alternative fuel in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Energy Office administers the Dollar and Energy Saving Loan Program, which makes low-cost loans available for a variety of alternative fuel projects, including the replacement of conventional vehicles with AFVs; the purchase of new AFVs; the conversion of conventional vehicles to operate on alternative fuels; and the construction or purchase of fueling stations or equipment. The maximum loan amount is $500,000 per borrower, and the interest rate is 5% or less. For more information, see the Dollar and Energy Saving Loans website.
Residential gas customers in the Omaha area served by the MUD are eligible for a $500 rebate for the purchase of a dedicated CNG vehicle. Rebates are in the form of a pre-paid fuel card and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must provide proof of purchase for the vehicle to qualify. Additional restrictions may apply. Commercial rebates are available on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, commercial fleets in the Omaha area are eligible to receive financial assistance from the MUD Fleet Fund for up to 50% of the incremental cost of purchasing a dedicated CNG vehicle. Funding awarded will vary based on various factors, including annual fuel usage.
Low-speed vehicles may only travel on roadways with a posted speed limit of up to 35 miles per hour (mph) but may cross highways with a posted speed limit of over 35 mph. A low-speed vehicle is any four-wheeled motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 3,000 pounds and a top speed of at least 20 mph but not more than 25 mph. A low-speed vehicle must be manufactured in compliance with federal standards for low-speed vehicles as referenced in Title 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 60-119.01 and 60-6,380)
A fee of $75 is required for the registration of an AFV that operates on electricity, solar power, or any other source of energy not otherwise taxed under the state motor fuel tax laws. Compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane are not subject to this requirement. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 60-306 and 60-3,191)
An eight member Natural Gas Fuel Board (Board) was created to advise the Nebraska Energy Office regarding the promotion of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel. The Board will provide recommendations relating to the distribution, infrastructure, and workforce development necessary for widespread use of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel; loans, grants, and tax incentives that will encourage the use of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel by individuals and public and private fleets; and other matters as the Board deems appropriate. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-2001)
The maximum gross weight for any vehicle fueled primarily by natural gas may exceed the state's gross weight limit by the difference between the weight of the natural gas fueling tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable diesel fueling tank and fueling system, up to 2,000 pounds per vehicle. (Reference Legislative Bill 909, 2018, and Nebraska Revised Statutes 60-6,294)
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) offers rebates of $500 to residential customers toward the purchase of qualified Level 2 EVSE. Participants must purchase the EVSE through OPPD, and rebates are available to the first 250 participants. For more information, including how to apply, see the OPPD Electric Vehicle Rebate Pilot Program website.
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) customers and employees are eligible for a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf. To receive the rebate, applicants must show the flyer and a recent OPPD utility bill or proof of employment to a local Nissan dealer. OPPD customers are also eligible for a $1,000 rebate for the purchase of a 2018 Audi e-Tron. To receive the rebate, applicants must show a recent OPPD utility bill to a local Audi dealer. Rebates are available through January 2, 2019. For more information, see the OPPD EV Rebate Pilot Program website.