Are there incentives/benefits for hybrid and electric vehicles in Illinois?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Fuel Efficiency, Technology on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 4:27 pm
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Hybrid, PHEV and EV Incentives in the Land of Lincoln

Driving a hybrid or electric vehicle is good for the environment, and as such, governments have been known to encourage these vehicles’ adoption via special incentives. The federal U.S. government does so, and we’ll get into that later. But states sometimes do too. Are there any Illinois-provided incentives or benefits for drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles?


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Illinois offers rebates, not on electric or hybrid vehicles themselves, but on electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Specifically, the state will cover 50% of the cost of charging equipment and installation with SAEJ1772 or CHAdeMo connectors. The basic rebate consists of up to $3,750 per networked single station, and $3,000 per non-networked single station.

Additionally, Illinois offers larger rebates for dual and fast charge stations. These are:

  • $7,500 per networked dual station
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station
  • $15,000 per networked DC fast charge (DCFC) station
  • $12,500 per non-networked single station

The maximum total rebate award from the state is $50,000.

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Who is eligible for the Illinois EVSE rebates?

Those eligible for the electric vehicle supply equipment rebates in Illinois include:

  • Government entities
  • Private businesses
  • Educational institutions
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Individual residents of Illinois

Note that program requirements are subject to change with each new funding period.

What federal incentives are offered for EV and PHEV vehicles?

The federal government offers an income tax credit of up to $7,500 on all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars that are/were purchased new in or after 2010. The amount of credit one is eligible for varies based on the capacity of the battery that’s used to power the vehicle.

Do small neighborhood electric vehicles qualify for this credit?

No, small neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify for this tax credit. However, they may qualify for a different tax credit.

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