Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit

Program Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector Federal
Last Update
State Federal
Administrator Internal Revenue Service
Start Date
Sectors Residential

The federal government provides a tax credit for the purchase of a new all electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. To qualify, the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer, have a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 14,000 pounds, and be propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor which draws electricity from a battery which has a capacity of at least 4 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and is capable of being recharged from an external source.

The credit has a base value of $2,500, and an additional value based on the capacity of the battery. The capacity-based credit is $417 for each kWh of capacity in excess of 4 kWh, up to a combined maximum tax credit of $7,500.  The credit will begin to be phased out for each manufacturer in the second quarter following the calendar quarter in which a minimum of 200,000 qualified vehicles have been sold by that manufacturer for use in the United States.  


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