This is an update to my [previous post](https://www.reddit.com/r/electricvehicles/comments/l0cyd0/virginians_bills_in_progress_to_become_a_zev_state/) on EV-related bills in the Virginia General Assembly’s 2021 legislative session. I’ll save my personal commentary for a… comment.
TL;DR: The major EV-related bills passed, with some modifications, introducing an EV purchase rebate, effective January 1, 2022; enabling Virginia to join the CARB states in requiring ZEV sales; relaxing weight limits for large electric trucks; starting the switch to electric school buses; and setting up future improvements to charging infrastructure.
# EV Rebate
$2500 rebate new or used, plus additional $2000 for low income (3x poverty line) buyers. Effective January 1, 2022. $25,000 price cap for used vehicles. [Appropriation to the rebate fund](https://budget.lis.virginia.gov/amendment/2021/2/hb1800/introduced/fa/125/1h/) is $5 million. [Full text](https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB1979ER)
# CARB LEV/ZEV standards
Enables the State Air Pollution Control Board to set Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) / Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards, to be first enacted for the 2025 model year. According to [Federal law](https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/7507) the only option other than the Federal standard is to align with California’s CARB standard, as other states have done recently, which will mean requiring increasing percentages of LEV/ZEVs offered for sale in the state. [Full text](https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+CHAP0263)
# Increased weight limits for EVs
Allows electric and natural gas vehicles an additional 2,000 pounds for highway weight limits, as long as the additional weight is in the power unit (motors + batteries) and gross weight is under 82,000 pounds. [Full text](https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+CHAP0133)
# Grants for electric school buses
Establishes a grant program to replace diesel school buses with electric. Calls for awards to be geographically distributed, with priority to areas with “high asthma rates, lowest measured air quality, and level of air emission from existing school buses.” Unfunded in the state budget, so it will be dependent on Federal and other funding sources. [Full text](https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+CHAP0418)
# Study of EV charging infrastructure
Require studies, reporting, and recommendations on EV charging infrastructure to be incorporated in to the Commonwealth Energy Plan, “with particular attention to the needs of historically economically disadvantaged communities… and any state or local impediments to deployment.” [Full text](https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+CHAP0326)