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31IRS won't, or can't, reveal how many plug-in vehicle tax credits are left

No One At The Federal Agency Seems To Know What's Going On

The IRS has set up a page to help track individual automaker sales figures, but it's a complete mess.

AddRecharge Wrap-Up: Georgia lawyers love the Nissan Leaf, 2B vehicles by 2035

The Hybrid Shop Certified Female Friendly; Interpreting Tesla's Battery Codes

Loads of lawyers at a firm in Georgia are taking advantage of the state's EV tax credit. Georgia offers a tax credit on leases and purchases of electric vehicles for 20 percent of the car's value, up to $5,000. This has created a trend among lawyers at Arnall Golden Gregory, who one after another have been switching from gas-powered cars to the all-electric Nissan Leaf. They appreciate the environmental benefits, as well as toll exemption and access to HOV lanes, but the tax credit seems to be t

8Massachusetts introduces $2,500 state incentive for EVs

Now that the deuces are wild for Massachusetts, its governor is placing a bigger bet on electric-vehicle adoption in the Bay State. With exactly 222 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations currently available, the famously liberal Massachusetts is finally joining the ranks of those states that are piling rebates on top of the incentives the federal government provides for those who buy electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. With that gesture, Gov. Deval Patrick is putting a charge

AddTime to seriously rethink mass market EV incentives

Even though plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales were much higher in 2013 than the previous year, arguments are being made that government policies are failing. An opinion piece in Energy Policy, for example, opposes federal policies incentivizing EVs and calls them inefficient and ineffective. The main thrust of the argument is that the incentives are too focused on the mainstream and could be better targeted at niche markets and early adopters. In other words, the $7,500 federal tax credit is t

6Only one month left for tax credits on home EV chargers in US

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 contentiousnes

38US drivers could use more EV cost-benefit education

Maybe the problem with electric vehicles isn't with the cars themselves but with the shoppers. Or potential shoppers. Or the not-so-potential shoppers.

AddFiat 500e priced at $32,500, leases start at $199/month

Something interesting happened on the way to make the 2014 Fiat 500e a real car. As the idea for the car was bandied about in public for many years, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne complained bitterly, saying the only reason the car was coming to market was because mean ol' California was forcing Fiat to do so. This was after he said that Fiat would lose $10,000 on each one they sell. That's all pretty boilerplate stuff. What's interesting is that Fiat has gone ahead and priced the Fiat 500e

36How Washington's fiscal cliff deal helps NASCAR and electric motorcycles

With the so-called fiscal cliff looming like a New Year's Day hangover, US lawmakers were able to strike an eleventh-hour deal that should prove beneficial to couples making less than $450,000 a year. Like any piece of US legislation, though, there was enough pork stuffed inside to ensure lobbyists and well-connected constituents remain happy. As a part of the deal, a few tax credits were extended that pertain to the automotive world.

39Toyota offering up to $7,500 incentices for RAV4 EV; some customers will pay just $32,000

Nationwide Insurance tries to attract potential customers on its so-called "vanishing deductible." Toyota is offering a somewhat similar "vanishing price tag" on its battery-electric RAV4 EV.

69Gov. Bobby Jindal compares health care mandate to buying Chevy Volt

The conservative movement in the U.S. has taken a decidedly negative approach to the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare, as some call it). What we didn't know was that the law is like having to buy a Chevrolet Volt.

79Is the Obama administration traveling upstream on plug-in cars?

What happens when the federal government wants to "pick a winner" but the auto industry decides the time isn't quite right for that winner to emerge? We might be about to find out. Again.

18Amp electric SUVs qualify for $7,500 tax credit, Jeep Grand Cherokee available for $49,900

The all-electric SUV conversions from Amp – gas-free versions of the Mercedes-Benz ML and the Jeep Grand Cherokee – now qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit from the IRS. Amp CEO Jim Taylor said in a statement that the announcement couldn't come at a better time. "Given the recent increase in gas prices and the low operating cost of an EV, more buyers are turning their attention to EV alternatives," he said.

7UK includes electric delivery vans in rebate plan; Renault Kangoo ZE now eligible

The UK's inclusion of battery-electric delivery vehicles in its alt-fuel rebate program makes Renault's Kangoo Van Z.E. eligible for the incentive, the French automaker said.

473Obama's proposed budget calls for upping plug-in vehicle tax credit to $10,000

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to try and get a million plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. In his State of the Union address in 2011, he repeated that number and proposed turning the $7,500 tax credit into a point-of-purchase rebate. That hasn't yet happened, but in the President's proposed budget that was released this week, Obama took another stab at promoting plug-ins: upping the maximum credit to $10,000.

111Obama's proposed budget calls for upping plug-in vehicle tax credit to $10,000

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to try and get a million plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. In his State of the Union address in 2011, he repeated that number and proposed turning the $7,500 tax credit into a point-of-purchase rebate. That hasn't yet happened, but in the President's proposed budget that was released this week, Obama took another stab at promoting plug-ins: upping the maximum credit to $10,000. To go along with pushing PHEVs, the budget calls for cutting more subsidies

22UK extends electric vehicle tax credit to 2015, adds utility vehicles

The UK government has extended its tax credit for electric-vehicle buyers to 2015 and will now include electric vans in the generous incentive.

AddRight-wing Chevy Volt hate comes on strong; Bob Lutz strikes back hard

2011 Chevy Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddSenate Democrat worries dealers might take unfair advantage of proposed plug-in vehicle tax credit-to-rebate switch

Senate Democrat Max Baucus, the chairman of the finance committee, has scrutinized President Obama's proposal to convert the $7,500 tax credit for plug-in vehicles to a point-of-purchase rebate, according to Automotive News (sub. req.) and thinks there's a potential problem.

AddDC 2011: Rep. Levin announces bill to raise plug-in vehicle tax credit cap to 500,000

This'd be a sweet deal for automakers. At a kick-off event for the DC Auto Show today, Representative Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak, MI, pictured) said he will introduce a bill to increase the limit on how many plug-in vehicles an automaker can sell before the $7,500 (max) tax credit expires from 200,000 to 500,000. Sander's younger brother, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) will introduce the bill in the Senate.

AddOpinion: Why early electric vehicle adopters deserve tax credits

Fox News recently crucified the first U.S. customer of Nissan's all electric Leaf, Bay Area resident Olivier Chalouhi, for receiving the benefit of a $7,500 federal tax credit towards the purchase of his new clean energy car. At one point, the host, Eric Bolling, asked: ""Why in the world are we paying Olivier $7,500 to buy a Japanese car?"

AddCayenne Hybrid is Porsche's first to qualify for $1,800 tax credit

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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