Are you thinking about buying an electric car soon? You might want to consider buying by the end of 2022.

The passage of the $369B Inflation Reduction Act includes nearly “bottomless” funding for a $7,500 EV tax credit on new EVs through 2032. What’s not to like, right?

In the long term, the Inflation Reduction Act promises to accelerate electric car affordability for millions of Americans, but tax credits are going to decrease dramatically before ramping up over the long term. In the next couple of years, fewer electric cars will qualify for EV tax credits and the qualification rules for credits will be really confusing.

Let’s start by reviewing which electric vehicles still qualify for EV tax credits in 2022.

2022 EV Tax Credits

When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act on August 17, a new rule took effect requiring that final assembly of EVs must occur in North America to qualify for a EV tax credit going forward. All foreign manufacturers lost their credits immediately, and according to the IRS, only 20 vehicles still qualify for EV tax credits in 2022.

Here’s the full list:

Electric VehicleModel YearsIncentives
Audi Q52022Personalize incentives
BMW 330e2022, 2023Personalize incentives
BMW X52022Personalize incentives
Chrysler Pacifica PHEV2022Personalize incentives
Ford Escape PHEV2022Personalize incentives
Ford F-150 Lightning2022Personalize incentives
Ford Mustang MACH-E2022Personalize incentives
Ford Transit Van2022Commercial EV. Not listed.
Jeep Grand Cherokee PHEV2022Personalize incentives
Jeep Wrangler PHEV2022Personalize incentives
Lincoln Aviator PHEV2022Personalize incentives
Lincoln Corsair Plug-in2022Personalize incentives
Lucid Air2022Personalize incentives
Mercedes EQS SUV2023Limited supply. Unlisted.
Nissan Leaf2022, 2023Personalize incentives
Rivian R1S2022Personalize incentives
Rivian R1T2022Personalize incentives
Volkswagen ID.4*2023Personalize incentives
Volvo S602022Personalize incentives
*Only North America made Volkswagen ID.4 models qualify.  Submit VIN number to verify.

What about EV tax credits in 2023?

We have some bad news. We’re still waiting for official guidance from the IRS, but new rules for MSRP price caps and battery manufacturing will result in even fewer electric cars being eligible for EV tax credits in 2023.  It will take a couple of years before automakers meet the strict new guidelines for battery manufacturing, in particular.

From January 1, 2023, it looks like the following vehicles might qualify for up to $3,750:

  1. Tesla Model 3**
  2. Tesla Model Y***
  3. 2023 Cadillac Lyriq
  4. 2023 Chevrolet Bolt
  5. 2023 Bolt EUV

**only models under $55,000
***only if the government agrees to designate Model Y an “SUV”

Income rules for 2022 vs. 2023

If you’re wealthy and you want to use the EV tax credit, 2022 is the time to buy. There are no income requirements for EV tax credits currently, but starting in 2023, the credits will be capped at $150,000 for a single taxpayer and $300,000 for joint filing households.

A bright spot: State EV incentives

While federal EV tax credits may be less valuable and more confusing for the next couple of years, all is not lost.  EV rebates and tax credits from your state remain a steady constant.  State incentives apply to a wider range of EVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrids) and do not have the limiting manufacturing requirements of the federal EV tax credit.

Here’s a list of states that offer generous rebates & tax credits: 

  • California: up to $2,000-$4,000
  • Colorado: up to $2500
  • Connecticut: up to $7500
  • Illinois: up to $4,000
  • Massachusetts: up to $2500
  • New York: up to $2000
  • New Jersey: up to $4,000
  • Oklahoma: up to $5,500
  • Oregon: up to $2500-$5,000
  • Rhode Island: up to $2,500
  • Vermont: up to $4,000

To see which state incentives and EV tax credits you qualify for, Browse EVs on EV Life.

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