How Does the Federal Tax Credit for Electric Cars Work?

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If you are on the hunt for a new hybrid or electric vehicle in Chantilly, Mercedes-Benz of Chantilly has a wide array of EV options as well as information on the electric car tax. But, how does the federal tax credit for electric cars work, exactly? To start, the federal tax credit begins at a $2,500 minimum and reaches $7,500 depending on your vehicle’s battery capacity and overall gross vehicle weight rating. Even if you’re still deciding on whether a hybrid or electric vehicle is right for you, learning more about the electric car tax below can make your decision even easier! 

Which Models Are Applicable for this Electric Car Tax Credit? 

Many Centerville drivers naturally assume the electric car tax credit is for every available electric model in South Riding. This is not true. So, how does the federal tax credit for electric cars work if it’s not for every EV? Well, there’s an electric car tax credit for qualified new EVs after December 31, 2009. If the model is new, your eligible EV must meet the following criteria as well: 

  • Draws propulsion using a traction battery that has at least 5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of capacity
  • Uses an external source of energy to recharge the battery
  • Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of up to 14,000 pounds
  • Meets specified emission standards 
  • Driven in the United States

Considering a plug-in or battery EV? Be mindful that the model you choose must be built by a qualified manufacturer to be eligible. The battery pack must be rated for four kWh of emergency storage at minimum with the ability to be recharged from an external source at a charging station in Ashburn or surrounding areas. 

Am I Eligible for the Federal Electric Car Tax Credit? 

To determine your eligibility first check that your model qualifies for the electric tax credit. If so, remember that the credit is only available if you purchase the vehicle, not lease it. 

Now that you are ready to finance your EV, think of the amount you owe in income tax for the year. This number is crucial since it determines the highest amount of the electric tax credit you can receive. 

Purchase an EV at Mercedes-Benz of Chantilly! 

Now that you know the answer to “How does the federal tax credit for electric cars work?” There are so many reasons why you should choose an EV. Contact us to learn more! 

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