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Federal and State Incentives


Federal Tax Credit

EV purchasers can receive a tax credit of between $2,500 and $7,500, depending on the vehicle battery capacity. Battery-only EVs will typically receive the full $7,500, while plug-in hybrids will receive an amount between $2,500 and $7,500, depending on battery capacity. This benefit can only be taken as a credit on your taxes, and not as a tax rebate. In Hawaii, some automobile dealers even offer flexible lease arrangements allowing consumers to take advantage of this federal tax credit upfront. The tax credit is phased out once a manufacturer achieves 200,000 in EV sales and is no longer available for Tesla or Chevrolet EVs. A list of all models and the corresponding tax credits is maintained by the U.S. Dept of Energy.


HOV lane access
Qualifying EVs with Hawaii state-issued EV license plates may use the HOV/Zipper lane regardless of the number of passengers in the vehicle.


Hawaii Energy EV Charging Station Rebate Program

Offset installation costs at your commercial public facility through Hawai’i Energy’s EVSE rebate program. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts. Effective date of station must be between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 to qualify.


Electric Bike and Moped Rebate Program

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation recently rolled out the Hawaii Electric Bike and Moped Rebate Program. Rebates are available for new electric bicycles or new electric mopeds purchased at retail locations on or after July 1, 2022. Get up to a $500 rebate.


Used Clean Vehicle Credit

Check to see whether you qualify for the Used Clean Vehicle Credit!


Hawaii EV Associations

Hawaii EV Association
Big Island EV Association
Kauai EV Association
Tesla Hawaii Club


Other Resources


Plugstar Shopping Assistant
Search for and compare EVs by Make, Price, Electric Range and Popularity.
Calculate your estimated fuel savings from choosing electric over gas, by inputting a few key metrics. You can calculate your kWH rate from the information in your utility bill, by dividing your total charges by the total kWh used during the period billed.
Sustainable Coalition of Hawaii (STCH) can connect you with certified EV Experts in your area. Use the digital map to locate a dealership near you and view profiles of all certified EV experts at that dealership to ensure the best EV buying experience.
HECO Rates & Enrollment
Customers charging EVs at home have a couple of options for their electricity rate: remaining on their current residential rate or qualifying for a time-of-use (TOU) rate. A TOU rate offers savings derived from using energy at times of day when solar power is most abundant. Commercial customers can qualify for a TOU rate for including one or more charging stations on their own electric service.
National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.


Plug In America
If you are a first time EV owner or thinking of switching to an EV, Plug in America can provide useful information on everything you need to know. There are helpful resources for distance, cost, incentives, charging locations, and more.
Plug Share
Locate public EV chargers near you. Every charging network has its own unique approach to billing. The most common of these, however, are monthly subscriptions, pay-as-you-go or pay-per-charge service, and free charging.