incentives

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace S

    Austria is offering would-be electric-car owners (and current ones) a tempting incentive to go tailpipe-emissions-free: permission to drive faster than those with gasoline, diesel, or hybrid vehicles in certain conditions. Under a recently approved amendment to the country’s speed limits, aimed at rewarding those who choose electric vehicles, they will be given a legal exemption. During emissions-restricted times tied to high pollution levels, owners of EVs will be allowed to go 81 mph (130 km/h), versus 62 mph (100 km/h), in a particular speed region that includes 273 miles (440 km) of...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]
    Tesla sales: how much do rebates matter to buyers in Canada?

    The government of Ontario amended its plug-in electric vehicle incentive program in March, eliminating incentives for vehicles with a recommended price of $75,000 or more. What effect will this have on demand for Tesla’s Model S and X? Two years ago, this site analyzed the impacts on...

  • I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)
    Here's how California's carpool (HOV-lane) stickers work now: updated

    For years, green-car buyers in California have enjoyed a special perk: access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes that can whiz past gridlock, even with just a single occupant. Now, updates to the rules signed into law in October by Governor Jerry Brown will likely change the way owners and shoppers...

  • Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, by Flickr user Adam Baker (Used under CC License)
    Mitsubishi helps Costa Rica toward goal of Latin American electric-car pioneer

    Costa Rica isn't what you'd call a bastion of automotive sales. Wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, the country is home to 4.8 million people who buy just 154,000 vehicles annually—less than 1 percent of U.S. vehicle sales each year. But that won't deter the Costa Rican government from...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Automakers, electric utilities want electric-car tax credit extended

    With Tesla likely to hit 200,000 electric cars sold in the U.S. later this year, it will begin a phasedown process during which the income-tax credits available to its buyers start to dwindle on a set schedule. General Motors is likely to hit the same cap a couple of quarters after Tesla. Now those...

  • Smog in Delhi, India (by Flickr user Mfield)
    India plan for converting to electric cars by 2030 may get trimmed, a lot

    Two years ago, the government of India proposed a remarkable and ambitious goal: make every new vehicle coming onto its roads electric by 2030. The plan was largely a response to some of the world's highest levels of hazardous air pollution in its cities, higher in many cases than the legendary...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]

    How badly do you want to buy a BMW i3 electric car? Initially, it looked like you'd have to move to areas of California where Southern California Edison would be your electric utility. But soon enough, those areas expanded to other parts of California, some areas of New Jersey where PSE&G provides power, and now even other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. DON'T MISS: How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who's done it four times A program offered through April 30 gives PSE&G (New Jersey) and SCE (California) residential customers and employees $10,000 off the...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla expects 200,000th U.S. sale this year, electric-car tax credits to start phaseout

    It's been a topic of discussion for years: What will happen when a carmaker reaches the cap on U.S. sales of electric cars that qualify for the full federal tax credit of $7,500? That number is 200,000; after the rest of that calendar quarter and the one following, the credit is halved for a...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    California now testing pre-approved electric-car rebates in San Diego

    It's clear that incentives to buy specific cars work best when they can be applied directly at the time of sale. That's why purchase rebates are widely preferred by electric-car advocates to tax credits, which may take up to 15 months to be usable, depending on the timing of the purchase and tax...

  • Tesla Model 3
    Will GM or Tesla buyers lose electric-car tax credits first? (updated)

    A major contributor to electric-car sales is the program under which buyers of new electric cars qualify for a federal income-tax credit of up to $7,500. But these tax credits are not unlimited. Once a manufacturer reaches sales of 200,000 plug-in electric cars (after December 31, 2009), the...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf charging back at home after 1,000-mile road trip   [photo John Briggs]
    Budget deal restores tax credits for EV charging stations, electric motorcycles, fuel-cell cars

    Fears that Congress would kill the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric car were laid to rest in December when that incentive survived the $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill. Now Congress has added back a handful of other tax credits related to electric cars and greener transportation in...

  • Virginia State Capitol, Skip Plitt/C'ville Photography [CC BY-SA 3.0]
    Virginia state-tax rebate up to $3,500 for electric-car purchase dies in subcommittee

    Virginia is for lovers—and electric-car advocated had hoped that it would soon be for lovers of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, too. A bill proposed in mid-January by Virginia House Delegate David A. Reid [D-32nd] would have granted a state-tax rebate of up to $3,500 to buyers of plug-in...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

    In less than three months, personal income-tax returns or 2017 will be due for most U.S. adults. Some of those taxpayers will have bought a plug-in electric car last year, knowing that the Federal government offers an income-tax credit to help reduce the effective cost. But as more and more electric cars hit the roads, will electric-car shoppers during 2018 run the risk of losing out on these credits if they wait too long? CHECK OUT: 2018 Nissan Leaf vs Chevrolet Bolt EV: new electric cars compared The short answer is not within the next few months—but they should pay much closer...

  • Georgia state capitol (pic by Andre M. via Wikimedia)
    Georgia to take second try at electric-car tax credit after killing first one

    Several years ago, Georgia offered a generous state-tax credit for purchase of a zero-emission vehicle, and its sales of electric cars boomed. When state politics interceded to kill that credit in 2015—and add a new tax specifically on those same vehicles—the state became a case study...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car, test-driven by Shiva of Fremont, California, Oct 2017
    Why everyone leases electric cars rather than buying (and maybe you should too)

    Leases are a minority of overall car sales in the U.S., though the numbers soar for pricier luxury vehicles versus the less expensive, plain-Jane vehicles that serve as daily transport for most drivers. That rule flips for electric cars: Most pricey Teslas appear to be purchased outright, while...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf, Denver, Colorado, Mar 2016  [photo: owner Andrew Ganz]
    Colorado moves to put more electric cars onto state roads faster

    A state at the forefront of U.S. electric-vehicle adoption has set an ambitious goal of nearly 1 million plug-in electric cars on its roads by 2030. Colorado, which counted 13,000 electric vehicles on the road at the end of 2017, rolled out an aggressive plan this week to achieve that goal. Its...

  • Mahindra e2o electric car
    Partnerships, incentives to get India to 2030 fossil-fuel vehicle ban

    After announcing it would ban the sale of fossil-fuel vehicles by 2030, the world's second-most populous country plans to support that goal through private and corporate partnerships and government incentives. India's decision to end fossil-fuel sales in the country comes with unique challenges...

  • U.S. Capitol Building
    Could improving electric-car tax credit be possible even with today's politics?

    Rather to the surprise of electric-car advocates, the massive tax bill passed by the U.S. Congress in December did not eliminate the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle. That credit lets buyers take a credit of $2,500 to $7,500 on their income-tax filing in the year of...

  • BYD Qin EV300

    As China stares down climate change and smog alerts in numerous cities, the central government has extended its tax rebates for hybrid and electric vehicles for another three years. Announced on December 27, the move is one of many recently that will eventually see traditional internal-combustion cars all but eliminated from new vehicles sales in the country. The changes to vehicle policy in China have sparked a growing electric vehicle industry, with both new and established companies vying for customers amid the shift. DON'T MISS: 2017's most important green car story: internal-combustion...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ
    In an ideal world, this is how electric-car tax credits should work

    The tax reform bill likely to be voted on by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives retained a number of provisions originally slated to be cut from the tax code. Among them was the federal income-tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle. Three carmakers—General Motors...

  • U.S. Capitol Building
    Electric-car tax credit retained in Congressional tax reform bill: confirmed (update)

    We'll likely never know whether it was the influence of auto lobbyists, pressure from the actual public, or a letter signed by two dozen mayors. But however the sausage was made, it appears that the U.S. income-tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle will not be killed after all...

  • 2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China
    Why China will beat U.S. in electric-car battle: urgency, regulations

    As the electric-vehicle market matures and more global automakers commit to building battery-powered cars, one driving force has emerged to lead the pack. With apologies to the title of a comedy from half a century ago ... The Chinese Are Coming. That's the assertion made by old China hand Michael...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    22 mayors join letter urging electric-car tax credit retention by Congress

    Two bills from the Senate and House of Representatives that would radically reform U.S. tax policy for the first time in three decades are now being reconciled by a joint committee from both houses of Congress. No public hearings on those bills have been held in either chamber, and the legislation...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    If you plan to buy an electric car, you should do it this month

    Common wisdom has it that the last few days of any calendar year are the best time to buy a car. Not only are franchised dealers and their salespeople seeking to close out the month with a bang, but it's the end of a year and their allocation of cars next year can depend on how many they sell this...

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