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Utah's alternative transportation options

Utah’s transportation requirements are significant, consuming one-third of total energy use in the State. Passenger travel and freight movement account for the bulk of the energy demand.

Gasoline is the most commonly used fuel for transportation; however, there are multiple alternative fuels that are becoming increasingly more common. These alternative fuels include natural gas, electricity, biodiesel, propane, hydrogen, ethanol, and methanol.

In recent years, Utah has recognized the importance of alternative transportation options. Five examples of recent lead-by-example State transportation initiatives include:

Executive Order EO/005/2012 – Automotive Idling Reduction:

This Executive Order was issued to reduce fleet idling by State employees;

Multi-state Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):

Governor Herbert signed a MOU that supported a joint solicitation, multi-state Request for Proposal that aggregated annual fleet vehicle procurements to promote functional and affordable CNG vehicles;

Executive Branch Memo:

The memo was sent to all state agencies to review vehicle requirements and to consider an expanded state fleet role for hybrid electric or CNG vehicles;

Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credits

Vehicles registered in Utah that are powered by propane, natural gas, and electricity are eligible for an income tax credit of 35% of the vehicle purchase price, up to $1,500.Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be eligible for a tax credit of $1,000. The tax credit expires December 31, 2015.  

The state also provides an income tax credit of 50% of the cost to convert a vehicle to run on propane, natural gas, or electricity, up to $2,500.

Vehicles with clean fuel license plates are authorized to travel in HOV lanes regardless of the number of occupants. A clean fuel license plate decal must be purchased from a Utah Motor Vehicles Office for $15.  For more information, please click here.

Utah Electric Vehicle Website

Utahelectricvehicles.org serves as a “one stop shop” for information regarding electric vehicles, features an interactive charging station map, facts and figures about the benefits of the technology, a buyers’ guide with information on Utah-available electric vehicles, and a savings calculator that provides information on fuel cost savings, emissions reduction and post-incentive vehicle cost.