Plug In America supports federal, state, and local policies that get more electric vehicles on the road. These include financial incentives, to assist with EV purchases, or added perks, such as free parking or HOV lane access. In addition, Plug In America also educates policymakers on these issues across the country.


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Current Policy Priorities

Current Policy Priorities and News:

Federal Level 

Plug In America supports the Internal Revenue Code Section 30D tax credit for qualified PEVs. BEV and PHEV cars purchased in or after 2010 are eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit varies based on the battery used to power the vehicle, and will begin to phase out to 50% of the full credit amount once a manufacturer has reached 200,000 PHEVs and BEVs sold. We are working to ensure this policy remains strong for consumers as more drivers make the switch to electric cars.

See our factsheet on the Section 30D New Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle.

Plug In America also supports the Internal Revenue Code 30C tax credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property. This tax credit is available for EV charging supply equipment until 12/31/16. If the charging station is considered personal property, the tax credit is the smaller of 30% of the station’s cost or $1k; if the charging station is considered business property, the credit is worth the smaller of 30% of the station’s cost or $30k.

See our factsheet on the Section 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit.

State Level

Zero-Emission Mandate: Special provisions in the Clean Air Act (Section 177) allow states to either follow the federal requirements for vehicle emission regulations, or to adopt those of California. Nine states have adopted the California regulation: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont – also known as the “ZEV Mandate States”. In 2012, California adopted its most recent regulations, requiring that 15 percent of new vehicle sales in 2025 be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). These regulations apply to the 9 states that have also adopted the CA regulations. Plug In America is working to ensure that this mandate remains strong in CA and across the 9 ZEV Mandate States.

Plug In America supports additional state level policies, such as access to the HOV lane, sales tax exemptions, registration incentives, insurance discounts and parking incentives.