Tax Credits

EV owners may qualify for a state or federal tax credit for the purchase/lease of a plug-in hybrid and/or battery electric vehicle.

Disclaimer: Drive Electric Colorado and its affiliates are not tax advisors. This information is provided to help you make an informed decision. Please consult your tax advisor for advice about your specific situation.

Colorado Tax Credits

  • $2,500 credit received with state income tax refund for full battery electric vehicle (BEV) – may be applied at purchase with many electric vehicle manufacturers
  • $1,500 for 2-year minimum leases
  • $1,500 for a plug-in hybrid 
  • Unused tax credit can be rolled forward to future years

Colorado residents are able to claim an additional state tax credit of $2,500 when they buy an electric vehicle. Some dealers offer this at point of sale.  The credits decrease every few years from $2,500 during January 2021 – 2023 to $2,000 from 2023-2026. For leases: $1,500 between 2021 to 2026. For tax years January 1, 2010 – January 1, 2022, the credits are refundable. The credit is first applied against the income tax liability of the person who purchases or leases the qualifying motor vehicle. If the credit exceeds the tax due, the excess credit will be refunded. For additional details, please visit Colorado FYI Income 69.


Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

  • Up to $7,500 tax credit
  • Lease credit goes to leasing company – may lower lease cost
  • Phase out begins when 200,000 sold by manufacturer
  • Tesla & GM – no longer eligible

New electric vehicles purchased after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500 – assuming sufficient income tax appetite. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. Lease credit goes to the leasing company, typically lowering the lease cost. The credit will be available until at least 200,000 of the manufacturer’s qualifying vehicles have been sold or leased. At this point, the credit begins to phase out for that manufacturer. Check for a list of vehicles and applicable credit amounts.

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