Keeping the pressure on D.C.: Update on the federal EV tax credit
02.28.2019 - by Katherine Stainken
Keeping the pressure on D.C.: Update on the federal EV tax credit

As you may know, the $7,500 federal EV tax credit begins phasing out for an automaker’s vehicles once they have sold 200,000 electric vehicles. Tesla and GM have already hit that cap, while Nissan and Ford have surpassed the 100,000 mark.

Plug In America continues to advocate for modifying the $7,500 federal EV tax credit to work for more consumers for a longer period of time. Last month, we sent out action alerts to members of House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Plug In America supporters urged legislators to add an extension of the tax credit on to the budget deal. Thank you to everyone who took action! We greatly appreciate your voices.

Many offices are now well aware of the need to extend the EV tax credit. Unfortunately, there were still hurdles blocking our success, including disagreement amongst the automakers as to what the modification of the tax credit should look like.

Our next chance to modify the tax credit may be with the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) or with a transportation infrastructure package later this spring. We educate offices and express the urgency for lawmakers to take action now on the tax credit.

The EV market is still in the transition phase from the early adopters to the mass market phase. Consumers need support to make the switch to driving electric until EVs reach price parity with their gas counterparts. Stay tuned for more news at the federal level and be sure you’re signed up for our action alerts!

11 comments on “Keeping the pressure on D.C.: Update on the federal EV tax credit”
  1. Kyle Hindbjorgen says:

    I would like to see a multi-tiered tax credit based on income. That would really get the EV’s rolling out to the masses. I would also like to see the option to have the tax credit applied at the point of sale. I know that in Nevada if you hit a taxable jackpot you have the option to pay tax on the spot or defer and do it yourself later.

  2. Scott Grosenheider says:

    PLEASE push that it change to a total number EV sales vice one that is by automaker. That would help TESLA & GM (early US adopters) who put the most R&D into this continue to grow their progress too.

  3. Charlene Miller says:

    Please keep $7500 rebate on EV cars. I have been driving the Nissan Leaf for 7 years and would like to continue purchasing them. The rebate is an incentive I need as a senior citzen.

  4. Lise MacLeod says:

    Please include a benefit for those of us living on Social Security and savings and paying less than $7500 in tax. We’re enthusiastic about electric cars and should be offered the same incentive as car buyers who pay tax on earned income.

  5. DAVID J MAGINN says:

    I would like to see a federal rebate instead even if it had to be lower. How about a 10% rebate on the price of the car.

  6. Dale Steichen says:

    extend the tax, for electric cars

  7. Anne G says:

    Returned my leased 2016 leased Leaf today and waiting for the arrival of my 2019 Leaf SV this month with a 200 mile range!

  8. TASHI TSERING says:

    if EV tax credit has to end than end the oil subsidies as well.-it’s tax payers money wasted and ruins one own country.

  9. Stanislav Jaracz says:

    Keep up the good work. I think the best deal is to have the credit expire for all automakers simultaneously in stages to loosely follow the price parity with conventional cars.

  10. Michael Teply says:

    I own a 2011 leaf , I have owned many new cars in my long life time and of all the cars the leaf is the best one I’ve ever owned and am looking to own a tesla one day. Keep up the good work

  11. Bill Worcester says:

    Please keep the $7500 tax credit for all electric cars.Save our oil reserves.

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