These 19 Plug-In Electric Cars Qualify For Full $7,500 Tax Credit

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Section 30D Of Tax Code Outlines Electric Vehicle Credit

It’s tax time again. Or tax credit time, if you’ve purchased a plug-in and qualify.

Does the plug-in electric car you purchased in 2017 qualify for the full $7,500 U.S. federal tax credit?

If it’s listed below, it does. If not, then it still qualifies for a reduced amount, which you can find here on our Compare EVs page.

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*Editor’s Note: Be sure to consult with your accountant before filing. Only he or she is fully qualified to advise on your particular tax situation. Tax form for plug-in electric vehicle credit should be available on March 8 this year. There’s been a delay in its release.

Link to IRS form for Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit

Let’s move on to those 19 plug-ins (listed in ABC order) that qualify for the full amount.

BMW i3 & i3 REx – All Versions – Priced from $42,400 to $51,500 plus options

With battery sizes ranging from 21.6 kWh to 33.2 kWh and available in battery-electric, as well as a range-extended version, the i3 offers multiples choices to satisfy various needs.

Cadillac CT6 PHEV – Priced from $75,095

Its 18.4-kWh battery provides 31 miles of electric range. Combined with the fuel in the tank, total range is 440 miles.

Chevrolet Bolt EV – Priced from $36,620

Its big 60 kWh battery provides it with 238 miles of pure electric range. After the tax credit, its price drops into the upper $20,000 range.

Chevrolet Volt – Priced from $33,220

This plug-in hybrid benefits from a big 18.4-kWh battery that provides it with 53 miles of electric range. After the tax credit, its price is a very reasonable $26,596.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacific Hybrid – Priced from $ 39,995

It’s the only plug-in minivan on the market. Its 16-kWh battery provides it with 33 miles of electric range. Total cruising range is 570 miles.

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Fiat 500e – Priced from $ $32,995

Its 24-kWh battery provides 84 miles of electric range. This pure electric is more of an in-town runabout due to limited range.

Ford Focus Electric – Priced from $29,120

33.5 kWh and 115 miles of electric range make this car a solid choice considering its after-tax-credit price is just $22,495.

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Honda Clarity Electric – Offered on lease only

Lease only and only in a couple of states. It does qualify for the full credit, but you won’t get to claim it due to its lease-only status. The leasing company/lender gets the credit here. It’s up to each specific agreement whether or not any of that credit works to benefit the lessee.

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Honda Clarity PHEV – Priced from $33,400

A 17-kWh battery provides 47 miles of electric range. Total range is 340 miles and its after-credit price is low at $26,790.

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Hyundai IONIQ Electric – Priced from $ 29,500

The IONIQ Electric boasts a 28-kWh battery that provides it with 124 miles of electric-only range.

Karma Revero – Priced from $130,000

Woah, that’s a lot of dough. A 21.4-kWh battery provides it with 37 miles of electric range. Total range of this PHEV is 240 miles.

Kia Soul EV – Priced from $32,350

The 2017 version came with a 27-kWh battery, while the improved 2018 model gets approximately 34-kWh of juice. Range is 93 for a 2017 and 111 miles for the 2018.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED – Priced from $39,900

36 kWh on board, but only 87 miles of electric-only range. It’s fairly cheap for a Mercedes though.

Nissan LEAF – Priced from $29,990

The 2017 LEAF, before the launch of the new and much improved new 18 LEAF, featured a 30-kWh battery and 107 miles of range.

Smart Fortwo ED – Priced from $23,800

Just 17.6 kWh of battery and only 58 miles of range. It is the cheapest battery-electric car sold in the U.S. though. After-credit price of $17,050.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 – Priced from $44,000

Approximately 80 kWh on board in the Model 3. Range is an impressive 310 miles. A shorter range, cheaper version is supposedly coming later this year.

Tesla Model S – All Versions – Priced from $74,500 to $135,000

Battery sizes of 75 or 100 kWh, AWD and range of up to 335 miles (259 to 335 miles depending on version) makes this rather pricey car a standout.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X – All Versions – Priced from $79,500 to $140,000

Battery sizes of 75 or 100 kWh, AWD, and range of up to 295 miles (238 to 295 miles depending on version) puts this electric SUV in a class of its own, but it’s expensive.

Volkswagen e-Golf – Priced from $28,995, slightly more for improved 2017 model

2016 and 2017 e-Golf were sold in the U.S. last. The 16 version had a 24.2-kWh battery pack and 83 miles of range. The much-improved 17 model got a 35.8-kWh battery and 125 miles of range.

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If you purchased any of the vehicles listed above in 2017 – provided you have at least $7,500 in tax liabilities – then you’re eligible to receive the full $7,500 tax credit. Other plug-in vehicles qualify for a lower amount (see here for the available credit amount for all plug-ins). Consult with your accountant to ensure you get back what’s rightfully yours.

Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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