incentives

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    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 is closely guarded. It would be fair to call the process unusual. For electric-car shoppers, however, one particular provision of any final bill that emerges could prove critically important. DON'T MISS: If you plan to buy an electric car, you should do it this month The version of the bill that...

  • 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...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017        [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    Are car buyers the biggest problem for electric cars? (Yes, of course they are, but it's price)

    While it's clear that the transition to plug-in electric cars is accelerating across the globe, in the short term electric cars still face numerous hurdles. Charging infrastructure remains inconsistent, vehicle range is still an issue, and ultimately, the inherent and appropriate conservatism of...

  • The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]
    GM, Nissan push to retain EV credit; tax bill also targets renewables, helps nuclear energy

    The United States tax code hasn't seen a major overhaul in decades, and the current Congress—along with the Trump administration—may be learning, or re-learning, why. Numerous opponents have moved swiftly to condemn various aspects of the draft Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR1) proposed in...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    Draft tax bill eliminates credit for all electric-car buyers: report (updated)

    The process of drafting a so-called tax reform bill has been shrouded in mystery, with even Republican congressmembers admitting they didn't know what provisions it would contain. But according to a report on Thursday, the draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposed in the House of Representatives...

  • Hyperloop One concept drawing for system bridging Abu Dhabi and Dubai
    Electric-car incentives added in, remarkably, oil-rich Dubai

    Dubai, the second largest sheikdom in the United Arab Emirates, has introduced new incentives in an attempt to make electric cars more desirable. Battery-electric and plug-in vehicles often go overlooked in the oil-rich area, but even some of the world's largest crude-oil producers plan to reduce...

  • First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car    [photo: Patrick Reid]

    Connecticut ushered in a unique electric-car incentive in 2014, and the first points of data on its effectiveness have now been published. The Connecitcut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program not only provides a direct incentive for consumers to buy electric cars, it also awards cash to the dealership that sells one. The program was designed to motivate dealers to sell electric cars, since it's generally easier to peddle gasoline-powered vehicles, which are often more profitable as well. DON'T MISS: Rewarding Dealers Who Sell Electric Cars: Connecticut Takes The...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    Why one guy bought a 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car: it was a great deal

    The deals, incentives, and rebates currently available on the 2017 Nissan Leaf are generous and well documented. A handful of utility companies across the United States have offered generous discounts, likely backed by Nissan itself, to move the current-generation Leaf from dealerships to...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
    Toyota Prius owners: Hyundai will give you $1,000 to buy an Ioniq Hybrid

    The Toyota Prius is undoubtedly the world's best-known hybrid car, and it's now been in production over four generations for more than 20 years. There have been more than 6 million Priuses built so far, and the U.S. represents the car's largest single market. That means lots of current Prius...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

    For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a host of other utility companies in the state in offering incentives towards the purchase of an i3 or a Leaf. In total, the...

  • Aoxin Ibis electric car. Photo by CarNewsChina.com.
    China electric-car rules 'impossible,' say carmakers; more deference to regulators needed?

    It may be human nature to avoid doing things that are for the long-term good but impose short-term costs. Exercising more, giving up smoking, or paying more for a car that is better for the environment all challenge many otherwise responsible citizens. And it's abundantly clear that the emergence...

  • National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
    California electric-car rebates out of cash again; legislature neglected to fund them

    Incentives for the purchase of a plug-in battery-powered vehicle continue to be a powerful motivation to get new buyers to consider electric cars. The federal income-tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 has long been supplemented by various state programs, including a purchase rebate in the crucial...

  • Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

    It's taken a while, but Oregon will now have a state electric-car purchase incentive that largely matches those in its neighbor to the south, California. First discussed several years ago, the idea of a purchase rebate for cars that plug in hadn't made it through previous legislative sessions. This year proved different, with the rebate included as part of a much larger $5.3 billion transportation funding package that was passed yesterday by the Oregon Senate and House. DON'T MISS: Oregon mulls bonuses for salespeople who sell electric cars That package includes funding of $12 million a year...

  • California state capitol, Sacramento
    CA bill would make up for federal electric-car incentives as they expire

    The state of California has a long track record of supporting electric cars and doing everything possible to ensure plug-in vehicles can be obtained by the largest number of drivers. Aside from the federal income-tax credits available nationally, the state of California has its own purchase...

  • BYD e5. Photo by CarNewsChina.com.
    China revises electric-car incentives to reward longer ranges

    It's long been official policy for China that the country's automakers will become the world's highest-volume producer of electric cars. (It also intends to dominate lithium-ion battery cells and photovoltaic solar panels, for the record.) But the government policies and incentives to achieve that...

  • Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]
    Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

    Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Its politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It also generates more renewable wind energy than any other state in the union. Its auto-dealer lobbyists, however, are equally...

  • Buick Velite 5, for sale in China, at 2017 Shanghai auto show   [photo: Ronan Glon]
    China will have lots of electric cars, but no maker knows what market wants

    China is not only the world's largest single car market, but the market in which the greatest number of plug-in electric cars are sold. But the country's government has plans to increase the number of electric cars on its roads dramatically, to curtail noxious exhaust emissions and move China to...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    Lots of ways to get $10K off 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car by end of June

    The 2017 Nissan Leaf might well be the hottest electric car deal on the market right now, with a slew of potential discounts. Nissan is working with numerous partners to provide $10,000 off a 2017 Leaf lease, which adds to the $7,500 federal income-tax credit, giving a total of $17,500 in...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf with CHAdeMO fast-charging cable plugged in  [photo John Briggs]

    California already offers generous incentives to get consumers into electric vehicles, but now the electric utility Southern California Edison has joined in. SCE has announced what it calls the Clean Fuel Rewards Program to offer a $450 purchase rebate for battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners. The utility company isn't limiting the rebate to brand-new cars, either. DON'T MISS: San Diego utility adds education to electric-car charging stations The $450 will be applicable with the purchase of a preowned electric vehicle as well, up to the third owner of a particular car. Even more...

  • Cash for Clunkers banner with Mercury Sable, Albany, New York
    Romania doubles electric-car subsidies, adds 'cash for clunkers' program

    In recent years, governments have increasingly worked to encourage the sales of plug-in electric vehicles. Incentive programs for the purchase of a low-emission vehicle have been adopted across the world. The amounts granted and the mechanisms vary according to the individual program, but the goal...

  • Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]
    Oregon mulls bonuses for salespeople who sell electric cars

    The Beaver State, otherwise known as Oregon, may implement an intriguing solution to spur higher sales of electric vehicles. A new piece of legislation introduced in the state senate calls for a $1 million fund to provide $250 bonuses to salespeople each time they sell an electric vehicle...

  • BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China
    How likely is it China will outpace the U.S. in electric-car adoption? Poll results

    China is the biggest new-car market in the world, and has been since 2010. The world's largest country also has some of the smoggiest cities on the planet, and that's a source of increasing public agitation. So at national, state, and local levels, a variety of Chinese government entities are using...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    Ending tax credits would kill electric-car market, Edmunds says

    The electric-car market may be in for a serious downturn when current federal tax incentives end, assuming the Trump administration declines to extend them, according to a new analysis. In 2010, the government began offering tax credits of $2,500 to $7,500 to the first 200,000 U.S. buyers of...

  • Smart ebike electric bicycle
    Why electric bikes may deserve purchase incentives too

    If plug-in electric cars and trucks receive purchase incentives from national and state governments, what about electric bicycles? That's just what a recent report from the European Cyclists Federation suggests. It recommends directing purchase incentives and infrastructure subsidies towards...