Top 10 states offering EV incentives
07.27.2021 - by Plug In America
Top 10 states offering EV incentives

Various states across the United States offer electric vehicle (EV) purchase incentives to help accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. Below is a list of the top 10 states who provide valuable incentives. Find out if your state is on the list! 

For a list of incentives available in your area, please visit To see how your state compares on all EV policies, see Plug In America’s report, Top 25 States Supporting the EV Driver


1. New Jersey

New Jersey residents may receive up to $5,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new EV. The reinstated Charge Up New Jersey incentive is a “point-of-sale” rebate applied during the purchase or leasing process at dealerships. 

Additionally, EVs sold, rented, or leased in New Jersey are exempt from state sales and use tax


2. Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Transportation offers EV incentives up to $4,000 to qualified Vermont residents. Incentive amounts vary by income level and whether the vehicle is an all-electric or plug-in hybrid model.


3. California

The California Clean Fuel Reward program, a point of sale rebate for California residents who purchase or lease an EV, is available at participating dealerships. Depending on the vehicle, EV buyers can get up to $750 off. 

The California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of an EV. As of April 23, 2021, limited funding is available, and any new applications submitted will be placed on a rebate waitlist. Qualified applicants on the rebate waitlist may receive a rebate if the CVRP gets funding from the State of California.


4. Colorado

Anyone who titles and registers a qualified EV in Colorado can receive a tax credit of up to $2,800. The amount of the credit depends on the tax year and whether the car or truck is purchased, leased, or converted.


5. Oregon

Oregon drivers who purchase or lease new electric vehicles whose MSRP is below $50,000 can receive the Oregon Standard Rebate Program, a rebate of up to $2,500 depending on the vehicles’ battery size. 

Eligible low- or moderate-income household Oregon residents may apply for the Oregon Charge Ahead Rebate and earn up to $2,500 upon lease or purchase of a new or used EV from a dealer.


6. Massachusetts

Eligible EV consumers in Massachusetts may qualify for the Massachusetts MOR-EV Rebate. Qualified applicants could receive up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of a new EV. 


7. Delaware

Delaware offers a Clean Vehicle Rebate Program for its residents who purchase or lease a new EV. Delaware drivers who qualify for the rebate could receive up to $2,500. To be eligible for a rebate, the total vehicle price cannot exceed $60,000.


8. Connecticut

Connecticut residents who purchase or lease an EV may qualify for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program, a rebate up to $2,225. Connecticut drivers who participate in certain income-qualified programs may receive additional funds up to $2,000. 


9. Maine

Efficiency Maine offers instant rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of eligible battery EVs at participating car dealers in Maine. Qualified low-income consumers may earn up to $5,500 for the purchase or lease of a new or used EV.


10. New York

On behalf of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York drivers can earn up to $2,000 at the point of sale rebate for purchasing or leasing a new EV at a participating dealership. 


Honorable mention:  Washington

Washington drivers who purchase or lease a new or used EV are exempt from state vehicle sales and used taxes. To qualify, the price of the new EV must be under $45,000, and for a used EV, the price must be under $30,000. Conditions and limitations apply.


Updated on 8/25/2021 to add Vermont’s state incentive, which was inadvertently left off this list.

9 comments on “Top 10 states offering EV incentives”
  1. Marc Robinson says:

    Have you looked at the, subsidies that the oil industries get. I believe that have been getting them for decades.

  2. William Calfee says:

    Vermont also has incentives… and utilities here have additional incentives

  3. Suzanne Fernandes Mondor says:

    Connecticut incentive is based on sale value of the car. If the price before tax is less than 40k (i think) then you qualify for the rebate so not all the new EV cars qualify for this incentive like the Mach e

  4. James Katzen board member LVEVA says:

    Why don’t you look at the Electri.c Highway in Nevada? We are making it possible to go anywhere in our state.

  5. B Johnson says:

    Bankrupt tax and spend states: all. As an owner of two bevs, Evs need to start making it on their own and stop looking for taxpayer hand-outs for support. You’re already not paying your fair share of road use taxes.

  6. Paul Kahle says:

    Washington really shouldn’t be on the list because, even though they reinstated the sales tax exemption, they also have a $225/year car tab tax that is the highest in the nation that EVs pay as a fine for failure to purchase gasoline.

  7. Jim Stack says:

    Incentive are good to increase interest. The Federal incentive on top of the states will be really good for many. I think it is also good they limit some to an EV under $45K
    The new smaller vehicles line the and Solo along with big pickup trucks like the Rivian , FORD F150 Lightning and Tesla Cyber truck will be great to see. Buses others too.

  8. Len Nowak says:

    Can you given the best contact(s) in AZ to 1) find and/or ask questions for sEV incentives for a sEV ( Solar Electric Vehcile) that is an autoclycle, registered as motorcycle in AZ (most states)
    Also since AZ only have Alternative Fuel (AF) license plates for cars…2) I would like to understand how I can get at least an AF sticker for the small license plate since there is no AF license plates in AZ. 3) Since the model I pre ordered i. super efficient at 600 mi range, if there are new super efficient vehicles I would like to talk to anyone on that too. Thank you

  9. Pedro Velazquez says:

    I know that Puerto Rico is not a state but you can save thousands on green vehicles because they’re not subject to the extra transportation fees that all new vehicles that come from the mainland pay.

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