Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland [photo: Forth]The king of all financial incentives for plug-in cars is, of course, the federal tax credit of up to $7,500. It’s not the only one, though. With Tesla’s federal tax credit already on its way to expiring and GM’s close behind, it’s worth knowing where to look for other incentives for those who want an electric car. The incentives are designed to make them more affordable, since electric-car batteries are still costly, and many models cost more than equivalent conventional cars. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states and the District of Columbia offer incentives for electric cars. Some however, are only incentives on paper, because the programs have run out of money. (Even those who keep the lists of what incentives are still available sometimes run out of money, so the lists aren’t always current, either. Lists of state incentives … [Read more...] about Beyond the federal tax credit: A Guide to Clean Car Incentives
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EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backupEnlarge PhotoWhich country demanded repayment of electric car incentives from owners? What car may turn a bigger profit than expected? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending June 20, 2018. Friday, we covered a report saying that a long-anticipated EPA plan to roll back emissions and fuel-economy standards could come as early as next week. Seventeen states have already sued the EPA over the process that led to the proposal. Mockup of Electrify Canada DC fast charge station from VolkswagenEnlarge Photo We also learned that Volkswagen plans to spread its upcoming DC fast-charge network north of the border in a new initiative called Electrify Canada. Thursday, we reported on an effort by the German government to claw back incentives that Tesla owners received when they bought Model Ses. The debate hinges around what the base price for … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 profits, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review, electric car battery reuse: The Week in Reverse
Electrify America 350 kw chargers at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.Enlarge PhotoA survey of car buyers has found a surprisingly high level of support for electric cars–but also found limited knowledge, which may be holding some buyers back. The survey was weighted toward drivers in the Northeast, and was sponsored by five Northeastern states. The survey did not directly ask how many respondents planned to buy an electric car, but 50 percent said that purchase incentives aren't high enough. CHECK OUT: Northeast states band together to direct charging infrastructure Seven Northeastern states, all of which follow California's mandate for zero-emissions vehicles, have banded together to try to get more buyers to demand electric cars in their states, and thus get automakers to offer more electric cars for sale there. Five of those Northeastern states sponsored this survey, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The survey was taken nationwide, but … [Read more...] about More support for electric cars than knowledge or interest, Northeastern study finds
Electrify America 350 kw chargers at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.Enlarge PhotoElectric-car charging is going through a growth spurt. Volkswagen is spending big money through Electrify America to set up high-speed charging stations, as a result of the settlement terms of the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Northeastern states are banding together to coordinate a rollout of electric car chargers. New York and Maryland have passed new charging initiatives, and California has passed a record incentive for utilities to expand charging infrastructure. What type of charging do you rely on for your electric car? — Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) May 29, 2018 And yet, statistics still show that 80 percent of all charging for electric cars is done at home. Last week in our Twitter poll, Green Car Reports asked our own Twitter followers, many of whom already own electric cars, where they charge them. Not surprisingly, 82 percent our our respondents also said … [Read more...] about Twitter poll results: More electric cars get charged at work than at public chargers
Car buyers don't have to live under California's golden sunshine to want electric cars. Yet buyers in California have bought more than half of all the electric cars sold. According to reader Mike Kamm (H/T, Mike), even several of the electric cars that used to be sold in the Northeast are no longer available, at least in his home state of New York, which is one of nine Northeastern states that have signed on to California's Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. Among the cars he says he can no longer find at dealerships are the VW e-Golf, Smart Electric Drive (that is, any Smart), and BMW i3. Green Car Reports has confirmed with Hyundai that its two newest electric cars, the Ioniq Electric and the Kona Electric will only be sold in California. DON'T MISS: Automakers play high-stakes CARB game to earn zero emissions vehicle credits This was the year that was supposed to change, as the arcane "travel provision" of California's ZEV program expired, preventing automakers from … [Read more...] about Why are so many electric cars (still) only sold in California?