Texas EV incentives

Texas EV incentives

Hunting and pecking for TX resident programs. I found a few listed here:

Of particular interest to some may be:
1) $3500 credit for replacing a 10+ old car with an alt fuel vehicle. AGI(max $110k/yr with 8 dependents) and vehicle age checks will eliminate most Tesla buyers however.
2) EV Project offering free installs for home charging stations in the Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston areas. Looking at details, I see this only applies to Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Asking the EV Project if they have any plans to add Tesla. Likely not but will let you know what they say.

mrspaghetti | October 17, 2012

I wouldn't expect any incentives to be forthcoming for us in TX.

Volker.Berlin | October 17, 2012

I wouldn't expect any incentives to be forthcoming for us in TX. (tesla.mrspaghetti)

TX may have a surprising commonality with Germany in that regard. There, it's Big Oil, here it's Big ICE.

stephen.pace | October 18, 2012

@sandman As you say, almost impossible to qualify for on multiple fronts. Maximum Net Income Per Year for a household of 2: $45,390. (I agree with the income cap, though.) However, the Tesla Model S does not qualify based on price:

The vehicle you purchase must meet the following requirements:

$45,000 for a hybrid vehicle, electric, vehicle, natural gas vehicle or a vehicle certified to meet or exceed federal Tier 2, Bin 3 or cleaner certification of current or up to three model years old; before tax, title and license.

Newer used vehicles can qualify, though--anyone want to sell their base Model S used in two years? :-)

Brad Holt | October 18, 2012

I'd love to hear what you find out about the EV charging station installation program!

Last year there was a bill floating around in TX that would all EVs HOV access even with only one person in the car. As far as I know it just disappeared. I'll dig around a bit and see if I can find something on it. It doesn't seem like a huge concession to make if you ask me. I hope they ask me! :)

RLA_P12194 | October 18, 2012

I queried the EV project with the following:

I am interested in purchasing a Tesla Model S all electric vehicle. Will this program accommodate this new vehicle? Would I be eligible for the home charger? Would I be eligible for the $3500 rebate?

and received this answer:

ECOtality currently has partnerships with Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt for certain areas across the United States. At this time, these are the only EVs that qualify for incentives for the EV Project. We do offer these units for sale at retail. Please let us know if you would like us to forward your information to the sales team to contact you for more information about purchasing a Blink EVSE for your home.

Although you may not qualify as a residential EV Project participant, you are still able to use the Blink public charging infrastructure in your area. To do so, please go to and select Membership to sign up for a free account to obtain a Blink InCard. A Blink InCard is needed to activate all public Blink EVSEs.

Best Regards,

Michael Banker
Blink Network Contact Center
e:| d: +1.888.998.2546

Sounds like a dodge and doesn't seem promising...

jerry3 | October 20, 2012

One of the things Texas does is pass legislation for incentives but not fund them. That way the politicians satisfy the voters by having an incentive on their voting record and satisfy their campaign contributors by not actually encouraging the things the incentives are supposed to encourage.

Brad Holt | October 22, 2012

At least letting us drive in the HOV doesn't cost them anything. :)

mrspaghetti | October 22, 2012


Not that I would personally complain if they let me drive in the HOV, but that would kinda defeat one of the purposes of HOV lanes [one objective being reduced pollution, the other reduced traffic].

Not that I'm saying HOV lanes necessarily accomplish either of those - they may or may not, I don't know.

kalikgod | October 23, 2012

The HOV lane is not going to happen, at least in Houston. Unlike CA, federal money was used to build many of the Texas HOV lanes, so they have to have federal approval to allow the incentive. State of Texas is all for it, but so far all the lobbying to the fed transport guys has failed.

It would save me 30 minutes each way to work, so I keep up on it ;)


If I remember correctly, you drive against the HOV on 45 both ways, so of course you don't care if the pass it!!! Reverse that commute and see if you have more concern on the ruling.

mrspaghetti | October 23, 2012


You are correct sir! For your sake I hope they get it done - and it might benefit me once in a while too.

Off topic, but have you ever considered audio books on that long commute?

Slindell | October 23, 2012

Um, as far as I know the Feds paid for CA (and other states) roads as well, and _required_ that they be HOV.

mrspaghetti | October 23, 2012


But houston is regarded by the EPA as an air pollution offender. That's also why we have ”environmental speed limits”

sandman | October 23, 2012

I got the same reply from the ECOtality people. No EV love in TX. As other people have noted, it is an oil/gas state. Oh well...

But have you been to Austin lately? There are quite a few liberal hipsters. I thought surely they'd be latching on to alternative fuel vehicles. Again, oh well...

Brad Holt | October 24, 2012

Yeah, there are a few other towns spattered around with the same kinda folks, but the vast majority of Texans still seem deeply invested in oil/gas, so we have a long road ahead.

sagebrushnw | October 24, 2012

Congratulations to TEXAS! 85 MPH toll road between Austin and San Antonio opens today. Enjoy your Model S on it!

mrspaghetti | October 24, 2012

Sweet :)

MB3 | October 24, 2012

OK, now I need to make a road trip to TX. When will the SC stations be installed to the LA area. Do they let CAs into TX?

Brian H | October 25, 2012


MB3 | October 25, 2012