Leave Your Car at Home

Approximately 33% of Needham’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. Leaving your car at home and opting to walk, bike, or take public transit is an easy way to help reduce emissions.  

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Electric Vehicles 

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are an important tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution.  Driving electric vehicles instead of vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE), which run on fossil fuels, can drastically reduce the carbon footprint of passenger vehicle trips. With an equivalent fuel economy of 100 plus miles per gallon with an EV, you could save 50 to 70 percent on fuel costs depending on where and when you charge. If you’re interested in learning more about your options for EVs, Green Energy Consumers Alliance can provide model and cost comparison of electric vehicle models available in Massachusetts and can schedule test drives for you with dealers in the area.

If you are looking to lease or buy an electric vehicle, there are state and federal incentives that can lower your costs: 

  • State rebate: Through the MOR-EV program, receive $3,500 for a new battery or fuel cell electric vehicle. 
  • Federal tax credit: Receive up to $7,500 on new vehicles and up to $4,000 on used vehicles. Vehicle’s MSRP and location where it was manufactured affect tax credit amounts. Starting in 2024, the tax credit will be transferable to dealers, essentially resulting in an upfront discount. 

EV Charging at Home

Eversource provides rebates for between $700 and $1,400 to offset the cost of the wiring or panel upgrades needed to install Level 2 chargers at single-family or small multifamily home (two to four families).  

For customers who receive Eversource’s low-income discount rate, you may qualify for up to $2,700 in rebates for the electrical upgrades needed to power your charger, including a rebate for up to 100% of the cost of the charger itself.  

Eversource also offers rebates for condo associations or apartments buildings that are interested in providing shared EV charging stations on-site. The MassDEP MassEVIP Multi-Unit Dwelling & Educational Campus Charging Program also provides incentives for property owners or managers to acquire and install Level 1 and Level 2 EV charging stations. Multi-unit dwellings with five or more residential units and educational campuses with at least 15 students on site are eligible. MassDEP funds up to 60% of the hardware and installation costs to a maximum of $50,000 per street address.

Public EV Charging Stations

To accommodate EV drivers who do not have access to charging at home and those visiting our community, the Town has installed several public EV charging stations throughout town. View an interactive map of EV charging stations in Needham and other communities.