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To encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles (EVs), the government has put in place a number of programs to stimulate growth of the EV industry and make clean driving more affordable. The federal and state incentives that apply for EV owners in Illinois are described below. These incentives are in effect until January 1, 2014, unless renewed.
Midwestern states outside of Illinois do not provide EV incentive programs to individual vehicle owners, but several Midwestern utility companies offer incentives for electric vehicle owners. See our page on Utility Incentives .
For more information about federal and state rebates regarding electric vehicles, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center website.
|Federal||Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit||$2,500 to $7,500 tax credit for purchasing an EV, depending on vehicle’s battery capacity and weight||IRS website|
|IL||Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Alternative Fuel Rebates||80% rebate up to $4,000 for purchasing an electric vehicle||Illinois Green Fleets|
|IL||Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (30EVSE) Rebates||Covers 50% cost of installation and equipment for a Level 2 charger station, up to $3,000 per non-networked station||Electric Vehicles in Illinois|
|IL||Electric Vehicle (EV) Registration Fee Reduction||Annual registration fee discounted to $18 for EVs, compared to $99 for a conventional car|
Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides a tax credit for purchasers of new electric vehicles that weigh less than 14,000 pounds and have at least 4 kilowatt hours of capacity. The tax credit is between $2,500 to $7,500, depending upon the vehicle’s battery capacity and weight. See the U.S. Department of Energy’s fuel economy website to determine which models qualify for the full tax credit. The credit phases out after the manufacturer has sold 200,000 models of an electric vehicle, beginning in 2009. Vehicles purchased during the years 2009 to 2013 are eligible.
To apply for the tax credit, see the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Credit website and IRS Form 8936.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Alternative Fuel Rebates
As part of the Illinois Green Fleets program, Illinois residents are also eligible for a rebate of 80% of the incremental cost of purchasing an electric vehicle, up to $4,000. This rebate can be used in addition to the Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit. Only vehicles bought from an Illinois vendor are eligible.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (30EVSE) Rebates
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity offers a rebate of up to 50% of the cost of installation and equipment costs for Level 2 charging stations. Illinois residents who have installed Level 2 home charging equipment are eligible. The rebate covers up to $3,750 per networked single station, or $3,000 per non-networked single station.
For more information, see the Electric Vehicles in Illinois website.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Registration Fee Reduction
Illinois electric vehicle owners are guaranteed a discounted rate on annual vehicle registration, not to exceed $18 a year, or $35 for two years. This savings is compared to $99 registration fees for conventional vehicles.
For more information, contact the DMV.
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