There had previously been federal tax credits for buying an electric motorcycle, but those have been eliminated with the Inflation Reduction Act. Electric motorcycle prices have been a barrier of entry for many would-be buyers, and the incentives that were in place encouraged sales.
“The AMA was very disappointed to see the entire electric motorcycle tax credit provision not only ignored but actually replaced in the bill and worked hard with the electric motorcycle industry to save the program,” said Michael Sayre, Director of Government Relations for the American Motorcyclist Association. “Ultimately, by the time this bill was introduced, most negotiations had already happened and very few of the many amendments that were proposed were agreed to before passage.”
The Inflation Reduction Act effectively removes the now-expired electric motorcycle tax credit system entirely. This is a major departure from the Build Back Better plan, Sayre notes, “which also included a tripling of the electric motorcycle incentive to up to 30% of the purchase price with a cap of $7,500.”
Some companies are trying to provide customers with other incentives. Zero Motorcycles is offering their own “instant incentives” program, knocking up to $3000 off their top models, including SR/S and SR/F. On the lower-end of the price spectrum, bikes like the FXE will get about $1250 off, but Zero dealers also have incentives that can add up to another $1250 on any model.
Some states offer their own tax credits for electric motorcycles. Illinois is offering the most, at $1500, where California offers a Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) of $750. California’s San Joaquin Valley offers an additional $1000 on top of that for residents.
State electric motorcycle tax credits:
- California: $750 (Other credits also available in certain areas)
- Pennsylvania: $500
- Illinois: $1500
- Florida (Orlando): $200
- Texas (Denton): $300
- Texas (Austin): $600
Arizona has a reduced vehicle license tax. There are also many other programs in states or even municipalities, so check on what is available near you.
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