Government Incentives

To encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles (EVs), the federal government and select Midwest states have put in place a number of programs to make clean driving more affordable. We have summarized some of these incentives below, and another good source of information on federal and state government rebates is available at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center website.

 

Federal

Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit

  • Benefit: $2,500 to $7,500 tax credit for purchasing an EV, depending on vehicle’s battery capacity and weight
  • Application: IRS website
  • Expiration: Phase-out will begin after each manufacturer sells 200,000 qualified cars. As of September 2015, the highest-selling EV models had reached the following cumulative sales figures (most well below the federal incentive’s expiration threshold): Nissan Leaf – 85,952; Chevy Volt – 82,621; Tesla Model S – 55,520; Ford Fusion Energi SE – 24,538; C-MAX Energi – 23,639; BMW i3 – 13,985; Fiat 500e – 12,556; and Focus Electric – 5,662.

 

Illinois

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Alternative Fuel Rebates

  • Benefit: 80% rebate up to $4,000 for purchasing an electric vehicle
  • Application:Illinois Green Fleets
  • Expiration: Program currently suspended pending passage of Illinois state budget.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (30EVSE) Rebates / Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

  • Benefit: Covers 50% cost of installation and equipment for a Level 2 charger station, up to $3,000 per non-networked single station
  • Application: Electric Vehicles in Illinois
  • Expiration: Program currently suspended pending passage of Illinois state budget.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Registration Discount

  • Benefit: Annual registration fee discounted to $18 for EVs, compared to over $100 for a conventional car.
  • Application: CyberDrive Illinois
  • Expiration: None announced

Electric Vehicle (EV) Emissions Inspection

 

Michigan

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Emissions Inspection Exemption

  • Benefit: Alternative fuel powered vehicles, including electricity, are exempt from state motor vehicle emissions inspections.
  • Application: Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Expiration: None announced

 

Ohio

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Emissions Inspection Exemption

  • Benefit: Alternative fuel powered vehicles, including electricity, are exempt from state motor vehicle emissions inspections.
  • Application: Ohio Administrative Code
  • Expiration: None announced
 

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