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States of Charge: Top 7 US States for EV Tax Incentives

These seven states make purchasing and owning an electric vehicle as affordable as possible.

Jake Hertz

November 29, 2023

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Electric vehicle (EV) tax incentives are financial incentives designed to influence consumers to purchase electric vehicles as opposed to conventional internal combustion vehicles. These incentives work to reduce the overall cost of acquiring an EV through tax credits or rebates. Understanding how these incentives work and their significance in the broader context of environmental policy and consumer behavior is crucial to navigating the modern EV marketplace.

The primary mechanism of EV tax incentives is the reduction in the purchase price. Tax credits effectively lower the cost of an EV by allowing buyers to deduct a certain amount from their tax liability. For instance, if a person owes $10,000 in taxes and is eligible for a $7,500 EV tax credit, their tax liability would be reduced to $2,500. This makes EVs more financially accessible to a broader range of consumers. Rebates, on the other hand, offer a direct reduction in the vehicle's purchase price. Upon buying an EV, the consumer receives a rebate, which is often processed at the point of sale, reducing the upfront cost.

The rationale behind these incentives is multifaceted. The main goal is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.  By making EVs more affordable, tax incentives help to increase their market penetration.

EV tax incentives also have an economic dimension. By stimulating demand for electric vehicles, they support the growth of the green economy, creating jobs in manufacturing, infrastructure development, and maintenance services related to EVs. This economic stimulus is essential for transitioning to a more sustainable economy without sacrificing growth and employment.

In this gallery, we’ll take a look at seven U.S. states with the best tax incentives for EVs. Read on to learn about the seven states with the best EV tax incentives.

About the Author(s)

Jake Hertz

Jake Hertz is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Writer, and Public Relations Specialist. After he received his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, he spent three years working as an Electrical Engineer at MakerBot Industries. 

As a writer, Jake is well known for his frequent contributions to various engineering websites, where he has garnered readership in the tens of thousands. Through his business, NanoHertz Solutions, Jake works with cutting-edge companies in the hardware and semiconductor space to build industry buzz and awareness through Public Relations and Technical Writing services.

As an engineer, Jake now works with numerous startups to help develop their hardware products. He is also a Co-Founder of Origin Labs, a NYC-based design firm for tech startups in the hardware space.

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