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H. B. 2938

 

(By Delegates Manypenny, Shaver, Staggers,

             Martin, D. Poling, Wells and White)


[Introduced January 28,2011; referred to the

Committee on Roads and Transportation then Finance.]

 

 

A BILL to amend and reenact §11-6D-1, §11-6D-2, §11-6D-3, §11-6D-4, §11-6D-5, §11-6D-6 and §11-6D-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to establishing a tax credit for plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and vehicles using compressed natural gas as an engine motor fuel; defining terms; specifying initial availability of the credit and duration of the credit; providing eligibility for the credit; calculating the amount of the credit; providing a maximum credit of $2,500 per vehicle; and updating language that applies only to plug-in electric drive and compressed natural gas motor vehicles.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §11-6D-1, §11-6D-2, §11-6D-3, §11-6D-4, §11-6D-5, §11-6D-6 and §11-6D-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 6D. PLUG-IN ELECTRIC DRIVE MOTOR VEHICLES TAX CREDIT.

§11-6D-1. Legislative findings and purpose.

    Consistent with the public policy as stated in section one, article two-d, chapter twenty-four of this code, the Legislature hereby finds that the use of alternative fuels, including electricity and compressed natural gas, is in the public interest and promotes the general welfare of the people of this state insofar as it addresses serious concerns for our environment and our state's and nation's dependence on foreign oil as a source of energy. The Legislature further finds that this state has an abundant supply of alternative fuels and an extensive supply network and that by encouraging the use of alternatively-fueled plug-in electric drive and compressed natural gas motor vehicles, the state will be reducing its dependence on foreign oil and attempting to improve its air quality.

    However, because the cost of motor vehicles which utilize alternative-fuel technologies, including electricity and compressed natural gas, remains high in relation to motor vehicles that employ more traditional technologies, citizens of this state who might otherwise choose an alternatively-fueled a plug-in electric drive or compressed natural gas motor vehicle are forced by economic necessity to continue using motor vehicles that are fueled by more conventional means. Therefore, in order to encourage the use of alternatively-fueled plug-in electric drive and compressed natural gas motor vehicles and possibly reduce unnecessary pollution of our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, there is hereby created an alternative-fuel a plug-in electric drive and compressed natural gas motor vehicles tax credit.

§11-6D-2. Definitions.

    As used in this article, the following terms have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:

    (a) "Alternative fuel" includes:

    (1) Compressed natural gas;

    (2) Liquified natural gas;

    (3) Liquified petroleum gas;

    (4) Methanol;

    (5) Ethanol;

     (6) Fuel mixtures that contain eighty-five percent or more by volume, when combined with gasoline or other fuels, of the following:

    (A) Methanol;

    (B) Ethanol; or

    (C) Other alcohols;

    (7) Coal-derived liquid fuels; and

    (8) Electricity, including electricity from solar energy.

    (b) "Alternative-fuel motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle that as a new or retrofitted or converted fuel:

    (1) Operates solely on one alternative fuel;

    (2) Is capable of operating on one or more alternative fuels, singly or in combination; or

    (3) Is capable of operating on an alternative fuel and is also capable of operating on gasoline or diesel fuel.

    (1) “New qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle:

    (A) The original use of which commences with the taxpayer;

    (B) Which is made by a manufacturer;

    (C) Which is acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer and not for resale;

    (D) Which is treated as a motor vehicle for purposes of title II of the Clean Air Act;

    (E) Which has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than fourteen thousand pounds; and

    (F) Which is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor which draws electricity from a battery which:

    (i) Has a capacity of at least four kilowatt hours; and

    (ii) Is capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity.

    (2) “New qualified compressed natural gas motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle:

    (A) The original use of which commences with the taxpayer;

    (B) Which is made by a manufacturer;

    (C) Which is acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer and not for resale;

    (D) Which is treated as a motor vehicle for purposes of title II of the Clean Air Act;

    (E) Which has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than fourteen thousand pounds; and

    (F) Which is propelled to a significant extent by a motor which uses compressed natural gas as a motor fuel.

    (3) “Motor vehicle” means any vehicle which is manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads and highways and which has at least four wheels. The term does not include a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail or rails.

§11-6D-3. Credit allowed for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles; application against personal income tax or corporate net income tax; effective date.

    The tax credit provided in this article may be applied against the tax liability of a taxpayer imposed by the provisions of either article twenty-one or article twenty-four of this chapter, but in no case may more than one credit be granted for the same alternative-fuel new qualified plug-in electric drive or compressed natural gas motor vehicle as defined in subdivision (b) section two of this article. This credit shall be is available for those tax years beginning after the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven June 30, 2011.

§11-6D-4. Eligibility for credit.

    (a) A taxpayer is eligible to claim the credit against tax provided in this article if he or she:

    (a) (1) Converts a motor vehicle that is presently registered in West Virginia to: operate:

    (1) Exclusively on an alternative fuel as defined in subdivision (a), section two of this article; or

    (2) In a dual fuel mode, as defined in paragraph (6), subdivision (a), section two of this article; or

     A qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle which, for the purposes of this subdivision means any new plug-in electric drive motor vehicle as defined in subdivision (1), section two of this article, without regard to paragraphs (A) and (B), and that conversion is made before December 31, 2012; or

    (2) A qualified compressed natural gas motor vehicle which, for the purposes of this subdivision means any new compressed natural gas vehicle as defined in subdivision (2), section two of this article, without regard to paragraphs (A) and (B), and that conversion is made before December 31, 2012;

    (b) (3) Purchases from an original equipment manufacturer or an after-market conversion facility a new dedicated or dually fueled alternative-fuel qualified plug-in electric drive or compressed natural gas motor vehicle for which the taxpayer then obtains a valid West Virginia registration.

    (c) (b) The credit provided in this article is not available to and may not be claimed by any taxpayer under any obligation pursuant to any federal or state law, policy or regulation to convert to the use of alternative fuels for any motor vehicle plug-in electric drive or compressed natural gas motor vehicles.

§11-6D-5. Amount of credit.

    (a) The total amount of any credit allowed under this article is limited by and subject to the provisions set forth in this subsection and subsections (b) and (c) and (d) of this section and may not exceed:

    (1) In the case of a motor vehicle conversions or retrofitting, the actual cost of converting from a traditionally- fueled motor vehicle to an alternatively-fueled motor vehicle ten percent of the actual cost of the conversion; or

    (2) In the case of a new purchase, the incremental difference in cost between an alternative-fuel motor vehicle and a comparably equipped motor vehicle that employs traditional fuel technology. sum of $2,500.

    (b) The maximum total credit allowed per vehicle under this section is $2,500.

    (1) For a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of not more than ten thousand pounds, $3,750.

    (2) For a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of more than ten thousand pounds up to twenty-six thousand pounds, $9,250;

    (3) For a truck or van with a gross vehicle weight of more than twenty-six thousand pounds, $50,000; and

    (4) For a bus capable of seating at least twenty adults, $50,000.

    (c) Subject to the limitations set forth in subsection (a) of this section, a taxpayer who is otherwise entitled to a credit against tax who claims the credit provided for in this article on the basis of any alternative-fuel motor vehicle that operates exclusively on electricity is entitled to an additional credit of ten percent of the credit which is otherwise allowed under subsection (b) of this section.

    (d) (c) The maximum incremental credit allowed per year is one third of the credit attributable to five vehicles with the cumulative credit over a three-year period not to exceed one third of the credit attributable to fifteen vehicles.

§11-6D-6. Credit to be apportioned over three-year period.

    The credit against tax for any alternative-fuel plug-in electric drive or compressed natural gas motor vehicle provided for in this article may be taken by a taxpayer claiming the credit only in three equal increments over a three-consecutive tax-year period, so that in any tax year in which a taxpayer is entitled to the credit, only one third of the total credit allowed for a certain alternative-fuel qualified plug-in electric drive or compressed natural gas motor vehicle under section five of this article may be taken.

§11-6D-7. Duration of availability of credit.

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this article, the tax credit provided in this article shall expire by operation of law ten years after the effective date of the amendments to this article during the 2011 regular session of the Legislature. Provided, That Any eligible taxpayer who makes a valid claim for the credit before that expiration is entitled to claim and receive the remaining one-third increment or increments of the total credit allowed under section five of this article for the tax year or years ensuing after the expiration of this article until the total amount of credit allowed has been exhausted.




    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a tax incentive for plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and vehicles using compressed natural gas as an engine motor fuel. The bill defines terms. The bill specifies initial availability of the credit and duration of the credit. The bill sets forth eligibility for the credit and provides a calculation of the amount of the credit, up to a maximum credit of $2,500 per vehicle. Further, the bill updates language to apply only to plug-in electric drive and compressed natural gas motor vehicles.


    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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