Clean Transportation

Clean transportation utilizes technology to replace or reduce the direct use of fossil fuels, which generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Clean transportation includes plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), battery electric (BEV), hydrogen fuel cell, ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, and propane-powered vehicles.

The adoption of clean transportation vehicles and infrastructure has the potential to address Massachusetts’ energy and pollution challenges. Massachusetts’ thriving innovation sector can also foster the development of cutting-edge clean transportation technologies and the growth of clean transportation companies.

MassCEC’s Role in Clean Transportation

MassCEC has awarded over $6.9 million to clean transportation projects through a targeted bundle of programs. With this funding, our aim is to animate new markets, accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, and cultivate the cleantech workforce. 

Accelerating Clean Transportation Programs

Transportation is a focus area for Massachusetts’ climate goals. In 2017, transportation contributed 42% of greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth. As this sector is entering a stage of major innovation and technology transformation, Massachusetts can encourage the most efficient, clean, and equitable paths forward. MassCEC's Accelerating Clean Transportation (ACT) Programs align with Massachusetts' decarbonization goals.


MassCEC’s Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow) Program awarded $1.4 million to a broad range of clean transportation projects with an overarching focus on business and finance models that can be replicated and scaled up. Projects funded under ACTNow included dealership education, electric school buses, last-mile shuttle service, carpool, and income-tiered carsharing models.


The second round of ACT Projects, Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All), aims to pilot equity-focused projects that increase access to clean transportation technologies and decrease health impacts and related burdens from the existing transportation system. Award details for the program were recently announced through a press release.

Learn more about ACT4All

ACT School Bus

MassCEC recognizes school bus electrification as an important challenge for market development in the clean transportation sector. As such, through Accelerating Clean Transportation School Bus (ACT School Bus), MassCEC intends to build on the work done under ACTNow and deploy electric school buses across major fleet operation models in Massachusetts, provide fleet electrification planning support services to school districts, and prepare schools for future funding opportunities.

Learn more about ACT School Bus

Metropolitan Area Planning Council School Bus Registration Data Analysis

Fleet Advisory Services Program

Medium- and heavy-duty fleets produce more than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles, with a majority (71%) powered by diesel, making fleet electrification an essential step in reaching Massachusetts’ climate, transportation, and equity goals. To address this, MassCEC created the Fleet Advisory Services Program, which pairs fleet managers with a technical consultant to help aid in the electrification of their vehicles. This Program aims to further the utilization of the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (“MOR-EV”) Truck electrification incentive funds from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).

Information for Fleet Managers

MassCEC's Partnerships in Action


MassCEC has partnered with the nonprofit Green Energy Consumers Alliance to support the expansion of their ‘Drive Green’ platform and associated outreach about electric vehicles (EVs). The Drive Green website offers a way for consumers to cross-compare EV makes and models, evaluate pricing from a variety of area dealerships, and the ability to sign up for a test drive. It also offers resources to learn about EVs, including information about charging, incentives, fuel costs, maintenance, and environmental benefits.

Learn more.

Destination Electric

Massachusetts proudly participates in Destination Electric, an education campaign encouraging residents of Northeast states to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase.


Learn more about EVs

Explore vehicles and the charging network

Get rebates and incentives

EV rebates and incentives depend on the vehicle you're purchasing and where you live. The following three resources provide comprehensive (and sometimes overlapping) information on rebates, incentives, EV technology, and vehicle options.


To get in touch with MassCEC about the topic of clean transportation email: with the subject, “Clean Transportation Stakeholder.” We look forward to hearing from you.

Additional Resources

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)
This partnership between Massachusetts and 8 other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states aims to develop a regional program to address transportation GHG emissions.

ZEV Commission
The ZEV Commission works to support zero emission vehicle adoption in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030

The Massachusetts Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 outlines the state's new clean energy goals. 


Volkswagen Diesel Settlements & Environmental Mitigation
Information about the Commonwealth’s use of funds from its settlement with Volkswagen Group of America can be found here.

Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) 10-Year Progress Report
Describes the Commonwealth's progress towards goals of the GWSA.

Commission on the Future of Transportation
The Commission issued a report in 2018 exploring anticipated changes in technology, climate, land use, and the economy to determine likely impacts on transportation between 2020 and 2040.