DRIVE Program Suspension Notice

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) thanks you for your interest in the DRIVE program, and for considering clean transportation alternatives that help reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Effective July 10, 2017, the DRIVE program will be suspended due to the unavailability of program funding.  OER will not accept any DRIVE incentive applications that are postmarked on or after this date. 

Please note that OER is actively working to identify other funding sources to support DRIVE and other clean transportation initiatives in the future.  Should such funding be made available, OER will consider reinstating the DRIVE program and post such notice on this website.  

In the meantime, OER encourages consumers that are interested in purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle to contact local dealerships for more information on available EV makes/models and potential manufacturer/dealer incentive offerings. 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a tax credit to qualified consumers that purchase a new EV for use in the U.S.  For more information, please visit www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml or www.irs.gov/, or speak to a qualified tax professional.  You may also visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center website at www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/laws/ELEC/RI for more information on other available incentives. 

For any additional questions regarding clean transportation alternatives, please contact OER at ryan.cote@energy.ri.gov or (401) 574-9118.

  • Apply for a Rebate


    Apply for a rebate of up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrids!

  • Available Funding


    Track reserved and available funding amounts. A total of $400,000 has been dedicated to DRIVE to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road.

  • Eligible Vehicles


    Check out the full list of all DRIVE eligible vehicles here!

  • Program Statistics


    Find information on distribution of rebates over time and across the state, including specific vehicle category and manufacturer information.

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    Need a question answered? Check the FAQ page for more information on the application process, program eligibility and other program details.

  • Charging Station Locator


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