The number 13 may be considered bad fortune for the superstitious, but it's the year '14 when plug-in vehicle drivers who had been looking to get a little extra tax love from the federal government will really feel out of luck. The clock is ticking through the end of the month (and the year) on two policies aimed to spur electric-vehicle adoption. Both received one-year renewals last January as part of a budget compromise but are unlikely to get another reprieve because of ongoing contentiousness in Washington, according to Green Car Reports.

The more pressing deadline for drivers of cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S is the one for a federal income-tax credit that provides a refund of 30 percent of the purchase and installation cost of a home-charging system, up to $1,000. The clock will also strike the proverbial 12 for a policy that provides a 10-percent incentive for buyers of electric motorcycles and three-wheeled vehicles.

Green Car Reports was kind enough to include federal tax form numbers - they're 8911 (PDF) for the charging-station incentive and 8834 (PDF) for the motorcycle one - and is directing the curious a Plug In America web page that details state-by-state plug-in vehicle incentives.


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      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get your 2000$ extension cord while there is still time
      Michael Walsh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Except...it's the one green tax credit that's subject to AMT. So most won't be able to take it. I wasn't, and I don't even earn that much!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Walsh
        I don't remember the technicalities but I couldn't take this credit either. My understanding is that you would have had to buy your car and charger in different years in order to get the charger credit. I probably would have looked for a cheaper charger had I known this.
          Michael Walsh
          • 1 Year Ago
          That wouldn't have worked either, Brian - I bought my EVSE in October 2010, anticipating getting the car by that December. But then the car came on January 5th, 2011 instead.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Definitely a great article for potential plug-in vehicle buyers to look at. I did know that there were many tax incentives out there, but did not know that some were coming to an end. I am not currently looking to purchase a hybrid vehicle, as I am still in college, but a couple years out--YES! Hoping that incentives like the one looking to be passed and new ones comes about within the next few years. We need more incentives for people to actually invest in this wonderful future technology.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would I need one of these for simple 110v overnight charging? Don't care about quick charging.