EV Fees and Incentives (A1)
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, and California require an individual to pay extra fees for the registration of an electric vehicle, which ranges from $100 to $200. All the requested information for the states listed in rows 3-7 of the attached spreadsheet has been duly filed.
- Alabama is one of the states with the highest registration fee for electric vehicles; it requires an individual to pay $200 as an annual registration fee.
- Alaska asks for $100 as a biennial cost for registration of electric vehicles.
- Both of these states do not offer any specific incentives related to owning an electric vehicle; however, the federal tax credit of $7,500 is applicable to electric vehicle owners in these states.
During our research, we found several sources, including articles from NCSL, which highlighted the fact that nearly 21 states in the US have enacted special legislation for mandating an annual registration fee on electric vehicle owners. These states include California, Indiana, Colorado, Georgia, and Idaho, and several others. Another study from Consumer Reports highlighted that the states which currently have a registration fee requirement for electric vehicle owners include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and several others. In addition to registration costs, we also searched for additional types of costs such as annual surcharge or other types of charges that are mandated on EV owners, but information available on sources like NCSL, individual US Energy portals for each of these states was fairly limited, and we were unable to find any mentions for additional types of costs that are required from owner of EVs.
For the incentives part, we focused on providing incentives that are mainly provided by the state or the federal government and have abstained from including any incentives offered by electricity and fuel companies in these states since most of the incentives offered by them considered gas or electric costs. Sources like NCSL and EnergySage highlighted that not all of these states offer incentives to individual owners and are mostly aiding financial help and monetary benefits to manufacturers and other corporations for promoting the use of electric vehicles.