Colorado’s new electric vehicle (EV) tax incentives might supercharge EV adoption in the state. The new EV tax credit compliments federal EV incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Together, Colorado and the IRA tax incentives make electric vehicles more affordable for consumers.
As of this writing, consumers who purchase a new electric vehicle are eligible to receive Colorado’s tax credit of $2,000. For people looking to lease a new EV, the state offers $1,500 in credits. The state’s EV incentives only apply to consumers who pay taxes in Colorado.
By July 1, 2023, however, Colorado’s EV tax incentives might be more enticing to those still on the fence about purchasing an electric vehicle. In July, the state plans to raise EV tax credits up to $5,000 for new battery-electric or plug-in hybrid cars with an MSRP of less than $80,000. Consumers who buy a battery electric or plug-in hybrid car priced under $35,000 are eligible for a $2,500 credit. Colorado’s new $5,000 EV tax incentive will be available until January 1, 2025. After 2025, the base rate of the EV tax credit will continue to decrease until 2029.
Colorado’s EV tax incentive is separate from the federal credits from the IRA. The federal government’s EV tax credits go up to $7,500 for new vehicle purchases and leased cars. So, Coloradans can get up to $12,500 in tax credits for their new battery-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Four car brands qualify for the IRA’s entire $7,500 tax credit, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, and Tesla. Only Ford and Tesla qualify for partial credit up to $3,750. Only a few full-electric vehicles qualify for all the IRA credits since the IRA’s battery material guidance significantly reduced the number of eligible cars.
However, most—if not all—of the EVs that made the cut can carry their own on the road and might be a suitable replacement for an internal combustion engine vehicle. Below is a list of vehicles eligible for the full $7,500 tax credit.
- 2023-2024 Cadillac LYRIQ
- 2024 Chevrolet Blazer
- 2022-2023 Chevrolet Bolt
- 2022-2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
- 2024 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2024 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2022-2023 Ford F-150 Lightning (Extended Range Battery)
- 2022-2023 Ford F-150 Lightning (Standard Range Battery)
- 2022-2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance
- 2022-2023 Tesla Model Y All-Wheel Drive
- 2022-2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range All-Wheel Drive
- 2022-2023 Tesla Model Y Performance