Rhode Island

In October 2013, Rhode Island committed to work with California, Connecticut, Maryland Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont to accelerate the market for ZEVs. This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a commitment to building a market to meet the requirement of 3.3 million cumulative ZEV sales in these eight states by 2025.

EV Sales

  • 1.2% of new EV vehicles sold YTD 2019
  • 125 EVs sold YTD 2019
  • 2,073 EVs sold since 2011
  • 56 BEV sold YTD 2019
  • 69 PHEV sold YTD 2019

Vehicle Sales in Rhode Island

New EV sales in 2019 were up by 43% compared to 2018. Last year, 125 new EVs were sold.
To date, Rhode Island's progress toward meeting the 2025 ZEV sales requirement has reached 4.8%.
1.2% of all new vehicles sold in Rhode Island YTD 2019 were EV versus 7.9% in California, and 2% nationwide.

Laws & Incentives

States offer a variety of incentives for zero emission vehicles, including vehicle rebates or tax credit, electric vehicle charging station incentives, workplace charging programs, special high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) or high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane access, and/or fleet purchasing requirements.

Visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) of the U.S. Department of Energy for lists of state-specific laws and incentives.


EVs are zero emission vehicles and include battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Source: IHS Automotive Vehicle Registration Data

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