Green Driver State Incentives in Montana
Montana has a handful of green driver incentives to entice locals to adopt eco-friendly driving habits. These include auto insurance discounts for fuel-efficient vehicles, federal tax incentives for buying alternative fuel vehicles such as electric cars and hybrids, and tax credits for converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels.
At this time, Montana doesn’t require smog and emissions testing as a condition of vehicle registration or registration renewal; however, you can find information about how vehicles pollute the air and ways you can help keep it clean within our smog and emissions section.
Some Montana car insurance providers offer significant savings to drivers who:
- Drive green vehicles such as hybrids, electric cars, and other alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).
- Practice green driving habits such as maintaining low mileage.
More specifically, possible discounts include:
- Hybrid auto discounts.
- AFV discounts.
- Economy car discounts.
- Low-mileage discounts.
- Pay-as-you-drive discounts.
Not all MT providers offer the same discounts, of course. For example, you might get up to 10% off your car insurance premium if you own or lease a hybrid, or as much as 30% off if you practice green driving habits such as maintaining low mileage.
Contact your current auto insurance provider and ask about green driving discounts, and if the company doesn’t reward eco-friendly driving, compare car insurance companies that do.
Buying a fuel-efficient vehicle not only saves you money on fuel; it might make you eligible for a government tax break. Generally, qualifying vehicles include:
- Plug-in hybrids (PHEV).
- Electric cars (EV).
- Diesel vehicles.
- Alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).
Both individuals and businesses can take advantage of an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Tax Credit when they convert vehicles to operate on alternative fuels. Qualifying alternative fuels include:
- Natural gas.
- Liquefied natural gas (LPG).
- Liquefied petroleum gas (propane).
- Fuels containing at least 85% ethanol, methanol, ether, or another alcohol.
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Tax Credit covers up to 50% of the equipment and labor costs; specifically, up to:
- $500 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds (lbs) or fewer.
- $1,000 for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs.
For more information, reference Montana Code Annotated 15-30-2320.
Montana's green driver incentives are subject to change. Keep up with any changes by bookmarking this page, checking out our section on green vehicle laws and regulations, referring to the Alternative Fuel Data Center (AFDC), and consulting your local Montana Department of Justice (DOJ). The more we all continue to go green, the better!