Connecticut EV incentives, tax credits and rebates

Understanding state and federal benefits for electric vehicle owners in the Constitution State

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Connecticut offers a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). These benefits aim to reduce the financial burden on consumers, support environmental sustainability and encourage cleaner transportation options. Here's what you need to know about the key programs available if you're a Connecticut resident considering making the switch to an electric vehicle.

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EV incentives in Connecticut are available from federal, state and local governments and utility providers.

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The Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit can provide up to a $7,500 tax credit.

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You may save up to $1,000 through your utility provider by installing a home charger.

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A Connecticut resident who purchases a new Tesla Model Y could save almost $12,000.

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Current EV incentives in Connecticut

Connecticut offers substantial financial incentives to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles beyond those available through federal programs. These incentives range from vehicle purchase rebates and property tax exemptions to home charging rebates from utility companies.

Vehicle incentives like tax credits and rebates focus primarily on reducing the purchase cost of an electric vehicle, while charging equipment incentives target the infrastructure necessary to operate these vehicles efficiently. By taking advantage of these programs, Nutmeggers can significantly reduce the overall cost of purchasing and operating an electric vehicle, making the switch to cleaner transportation more accessible and appealing.

Electric vehicle purchase incentives in Connecticut

Connecticut residents can take advantage of five different financial incentives when purchasing an electric vehicle, including property tax incentives and rebate programs.

*According to DSIRE for residential incentives only

Connecticut offers a range of additional incentives designed to make owning an EV more affordable. The state participates in the federal Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit, which offers up to $7,500 in federal income tax credits for the purchase of a new EV.

To qualify for the federal EV tax credit, you must purchase a vehicle for your own use, and your modified adjusted gross income must not exceed set limits. The vehicle MSRP can’t exceed $70,000 for vans, SUVs and pickup trucks or $55,000 for other vehicles. Additionally, the vehicle must weigh less than 14,000 pounds, have a battery capacity of at least seven kilowatt hours and undergo final assembly in North America.

For Connecticut residents, the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program provides direct rebates up to $9,500 if you buy or lease an eligible EV. CHEAPR is a point-of-sale (POS) rebate, meaning you can receive the rebate at the dealer for both new and used vehicles. Supplemental rebates may be available if you qualify for certain income-qualified programs in the state.

Norwich Public Utilities customers may also be eligible for a rebate of up to $1,500 for buying or leasing an EV. In addition to financial incentives, full electric-powered vehicles are exempt from the Connecticut Emissions Program and do not require emissions testing.

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EV charging equipment incentives in Connecticut

*According to DSIRE for residential incentives only

The federal Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit provides a tax credit of up to $1,000 for installing qualified vehicle refueling and recharging equipment at your home or business.

Connecticut provides additional incentives through a state property tax exemption for electric vehicle charging stations located on residential properties. This means residents won’t have to pay state property taxes on an increase in real estate value stemming from the installation of the chargers. Municipalities can also provide residents the same property tax exemption, though doing so is not required.

Several Connecticut utilities — including Eversource, United Illuminating and Norwich Public Utilities — also offer incentives for the purchase and installation of EV charging equipment. While rebate programs are provider-specific, you’ll likely be eligible for a charger rebate up to $500 and a home wiring upgrade up to $500.

Also contact your utility provider about ongoing participation incentives that can help you save on electric costs, such as Eversource’s Managed Charging program.

How much can EV incentives save you in Connecticut?

The amount you can save with EV incentives in Connecticut depends on several factors, so it’s impossible to quantify your exact rebate amount or property tax savings. Instead, these are some examples of potential savings available in Connecticut based on a new Tesla Model Y purchase, a used Chevy Bolt EV purchase and installation of a home charger.

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    Does Connecticut have rebates for electric vehicles?

    Yes, Connecticut has rebates for electric vehicle owners. See the tables above for more details.

    Does Connecticut have tax credits for installing solar panels?

    Yes, Connecticut offers a property tax exemption for renewable energy systems, meaning your property tax bill won’t increase if installing solar panels increases the value of your home. The state also gives a 100% sales and use tax exemption for the purchase and installation of solar.

    Do extended warranties cover electric vehicles?

    Most extended warranty providers don’t adequately cover electric vehicles. (That means they either refuse to cover EVs in the first place or refuse to cover the components that make them unique, like their traction batteries and drive units.)

    That being said, some extended warranty companies are starting to offer full EV coverage, and new companies specializing in coverage for EVs may crop up.

    Article sources
    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
    1. DSIRE, “Programs.” Accessed May 20, 2024.
    2. Connecticut’s Official State Website, “New & Rebate+ New Eligible Vehicle List.” Accessed May 21, 2024.
    3. Connecticut’s Official State Website, “Rebate+ Used Eligible Vehicle List.” Accessed May 21, 2024.
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