Green Driver State Incentives in WisconsinPage Overview
- Wisconsin Vehicle Emissions Testing
- Alternative Fuel Tax Refund for Taxis
- Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption
- Idle Reduction Weight Exemption
- Biodiesel Fuel Use Incentive
- Ongoing Grants, Loans, and Tax Credit Programs
- Federal Tax Credits for Green Vehicles
- Auto Insurance Discounts for Eco-Friendly Driving and Green Vehicles
- Find a Nearby Wisconsin Emissions Testing Station
For those who operate eco-friendly vehicles, Wisconsin offers several green driver incentives including emissions testing exemptions, tax refunds, weight exemptions, biodiesel fuel use incentives, and even special grants, loans, and tax credit programs for businesses such as farms.Note that just as the stateâ€™s green driver laws can change, so can its incentives. Be sure to periodically check back with this page as well as the Alternative Fuel Data Center (AFDC) and your local Department of Transportation (DOT) office.The DOT determines when it's time for your vehicle to undergo a smog and emissions check, but you'll ALWAYS have to register your vehicle before your first-time vehicle registration and during registration renewal. Any other time? You'll receive notice.
However, if you drive certain green vehicles, you're off the hook. The following eco-friendly vehicles are exempt from smog checks:
NOTE: Because they can run on electricity AND gasoline, hybrid vehicles must undergo emissions testing.
- Diesel-powered vehicles with a model year 2006 and older.
- Motorcycles and mopeds.
- Electric-powered vehicles.
- Non-motorized vehicles.
Also check our Smog Check Stations widget below if your vehicle isn't subject to exemption.If you use alternative fuel to operate a taxi for the purpose of transporting passengers, you might be eligible for a reimbursement for the amount you paid in state fuel tax.
You must file your refund claim within one year of purchasing the alternative fuel (according to the AFDC) and it must be for at least 100 gallons of alternative fuel.
Reference Wisconsin Statutes 78.75(1m)(a)1 for more details.Your alternative fuel is safe from certain taxes. According to Wisconsin Statutes 78.82, counties, cities, towns, villages, and other subdivisions cannot charge any of the following taxes on purchasing, selling, handling, or consuming alternative fuels:
Again, for more detailed information, refer to Wisconsin Statutes 78.82.If you equip your vehicle with idle reduction equipment, Wisconsin allows you to exceed the state's axle and gross weight limits by 400 pounds (lbs.); this compensates for the extra weight of the idle reduction technology.
To qualify, you must:
For more information, refer to Wisconsin Statutes 348.15(3)(f).School districts that use biodiesel fuel to operate school busses might be able to obtain financial aid from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the incremental cost of buying biodiesel as compared to buying petroleum diesel fuel.
- Prove the weight of the idle reduction equipment with written certification.
- Demonstrate that the idle reduction technology is fully functional at all times.
NOTE: If funds are insufficient during any given fiscal year, the DPI will prorate the available funds among eligible school districts,Some business ventures—such as farm equipment and research programs—are eligible for ongoing grants, loans, and tax credit programs.
If these situations apply to you, visit the state's Wisconsin Grants Program for more information.
You might take advantage of certain federal tax credits for green vehicles, such as:
- Plug-in hybrids (PHEV).
- Electric vehicles (EV).
- Diesel-powered vehicles.
- Other alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).
Some Wisconsin auto insurance companies offer insurance discounts for driving certain green vehicles and practicing eco-friendly driving habits. Examples of such discounts include:
- Hybrid auto discounts.
- Electric vehicle (EV) discounts.
- Alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) discounts.
- Economy car discounts.
- Low-mileage discounts.
- Pay-as-you-go discounts.
Note that such discounts vary by provider. For example, one carrier might offer a 10% discount on car insurance for owning or leasing a green vehicle, while another might offer up to 30% off your premium for maintaining low vehicle mileage.
Consult your current WI car insurance provider; if your company doesn't offer such discounts, consider shopping around online for an auto insurance company that does.
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