In August 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a new tax credit for electric vehicles (EV). Drivers who bought EVs or plug-in hybrids after December 31st, 2009, can receive a credit of $2,500 - $7,500. For this credit, qualified EVs are defined as “Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicles” such as passenger vehicles and light trucks. These amounts are summarized below.
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||5 KWh capacity battery
||Minimum of 5 kilowatt hour capacity battery
||Over 5 KWh capacity battery
||Additional credit added for every kilowatt over 5 hour capacity
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The Inflation Reduction Act, which further defines which vehicles can qualify for the credit, was also passed in August 2022. The provisions in the new act will not only benefit North American consumers who purchase EVs, but also the manufacturers. In the past, manufacturers were limited to selling 200,000 EVs that could qualify for the tax credit to consumers. This limitation has been removed with the new act, and consumers can now take advantage of new guidelines, including those listed below.
More Qualifications For EV Tax Credit
Pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs priced below $80,000
Wagons, sedans, and other light vehicles priced below $55,000
Must be purchased on or after 12/31/09
Must be assembled in North America
Changes Scheduled to Begin in 2024
To qualify for tax credit, EV components cannot be sourced from “foreign entities of concern” (ex. China, Russia, etc)
Dealerships will be permitted to offer consumers the tax credit up-front, at the time of purchase
Additional EV credits will vary by state. Visit your state’s government website to determine if there are more opportunities available. For more information about which specific vehicles qualify for the IRS EV Tax Credit, click here.