Colorado 2023 EV Tax Credits Guide [+ Calculate Your Savings]
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Although it's true that electric vehicles (EVs) can be expensive upfront, there are federal and state incentives like rebates and tax credits in place to make EVs more financially appealing.
But what state EV incentive programs are in place in Colorado?
Let’s see what current incentives are available in your area and whether or not you qualify for them.
Last Updated: September 2023
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What EV Incentives Are Available in Colorado?
The Centennial State has quickly become the most EV-friendly area in the United State, with incentives and initiatives to help buyers at all levels get into an electric vehicle. For starters, EV incentives in Colorado rose to $5,000 in the second half of 2023, up from $2,000 earlier in the year.
Colorado has the following broad-based incentives in place for electric vehicles and associated purchases for charging:
- $5,000 tax credit for the purchase or lease of a light duty passenger vehicle
- $2,800 tax credit for the purchase of a light duty electric truck (or $1,800 for leasing a light duty electric truck)
This legislation is valid through 2026.
Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail.
Incentives for Purchasing an EV in Colorado
Colorado offers a tax credit for up to $5,000 off the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle.
To qualify, EV buyers must meet the following purchase criteria:
- The motor vehicle or truck purchased, leased, or converted must be titled and registered in Colorado.
- The purchase, lease, or conversion of a new motor vehicle or truck qualifies for the credit only if the motor vehicle or truck is titled and registered in Colorado in the time and manner prescribed by law.
- The purchase or lease of a motor vehicle or truck previously registered in Colorado or any other state or jurisdiction does not qualify for the credit.
- For leased electric vehicles, the lease must be at least two years.
- For conversions, the motor vehicle or truck must be titled and registered in Colorado at the time of conversion.
- For purchases and leases, the motor vehicle or truck must be new and not previously titled or registered in any jurisdiction.
- The motor vehicle or truck must be titled and registered in Colorado.
- The motor vehicle or truck must have a maximum speed of at least 55 miles per hour.
- The motor vehicle or truck must be propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor.
- The motor vehicle or truck’s battery must have a capacity of at least 4 kWh.
- The motor vehicle or truck’s battery must be capable of being recharged from an external power source.
Additional incentives are also available to low-income applicants and buyers who trade in an existing vehicle. These include:
- Up to $6,000 off the price (point-of-sale rebate) of a new EV, when a gas or diesel vehicle 12+ years old is traded as part of the deal.
- Up to $4,000 off the price (point-of-sale rebate) of a used EV, when a gas or diesel vehicle 12+ years old is traded as part of the deal.
The Vehicle Exchange Colorado (VXC) program also accepts combustion trade-ins where the vehicle has failed the state's emissions test.
However, the EV must be priced at less than $50,000 to qualify. The applicant must also earn under 80% of their area's median income, or be enrolled in a qualifying assistance program.
For more on the Centennial State's deep well of initiatives to help residents purchase an electric car, visit this state information site to see if you meet the requirements for Colorado's other EV incentive programs.
If you or the model you intend to purchase do not meet the criteria for this incentive, take a look take a look at our federal EV incentives resource to see if you qualify for any federal incentives.
Other EV Incentives Offered in Colorado
Colorado offers the following incentives for electric vehicle charging, maintenance, or related benefits:
- The state's EV Home Wiring program offers rebates of up to $1,000 to assist with installation and hardware costs of ENERGY STAR-certified home charging equipment. Funding and enrollment for this program is subject to availability, so check the state information site to confirm the current status.
- Xcel Energy offers residential customers a rebate of up to $500 for the purchase and installation of home charging, with applicants in certain income brackets eligible to receive up to $1,300. The organization's EV Accelerate program also makes charging hardware available for a monthly fee.
- Xcel Energy customers should also inquire about the availability of rebates to assist with purchasing new or used electric vehicles.
- Holy Cross Energy (HCE) provides complimentary or discounted EV charging stations for some residential customers.
- Black Hills Energy (BHE) offers residential customers a $500 rebate for the purchase and installation of a Level 2 EV charging station
- Some Gunnison Country Electric Association (GCEA) customers may qualify for a rebate of 50% of the cost to buy/install home EV charging. The GCEA rebate is capped at $1,250 for eligible applicants.
- San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) offers up to a $500 rebate for residential customers who purchase a qualified EV.
Now that you know what electric vehicle incentives are available in Colorado, what else do you need to know about making the switch to all-electric transportation?
Read our guidance on how to prepare for an EV to make sure the models you’re considering will meet your real-world driving needs!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there incentives for purchasing an electric vehicle in Colorado?
Yes, there are state-level incentives in place when you purchase an EV in the state of Colorado. New buyers can get up to $8,000 off the purchase of a new electric vehicle and may also qualify for federal EV incentives. Also, check out our picks for the best deals on EVs.
Are there additional fees for purchasing an electric vehicle in Colorado?
Yes, there are additional fees to pay when you purchase an EV in the state of Colorado. A $50 registration fee is charged to make up for the tax revenue lost now that you will no longer buy gasoline or diesel.
Does sales tax apply when I buy an EV in Colorado?
Sales tax is applied to electric vehicle purchases in Colorado at the same rate as traditional combustion vehicles. Visit our resource page to find the vehicle sales tax in Colorado.