Open to all New York State residents, the Drive Clean Rebate offers a point-of-sale rebate towards the purchase or lease of a new electric car. The rebate that you can receive on your new electric car depends on how much battery-only range the car has.

  • 120-miles or more….. $2,000 off
  • 40 - 119-miles…..$1,700 off
  • 20 - 39-miles…..$1,100 off
  • Less than 20…..$500 off

All rebate amounts depend on the EPA all electric range, electric cars that last above 120-miles on a charge are eligible for the full $2,000 rebate offer. The Audi A3 e-tron®, Audi A7, A8, and Audi Q5 are all eligible for a $500 rebate through the New York Drive Clean rebate program. However, the Audi e-tron® is the one that goes the distance with 222-miles till empty on a fully charged battery.

Federal Tax Credit

According to the US Department of Energy, all electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that were purchased new in 2010 or later, may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500.

The tax credit isn’t instantaneous like a sale or even as quick as a rebate, but it is worth it. With a federal tax credit, your car is going to cost you less in taxes this year. A couple of factors go into deciding your federal tax credit amount, it isn’t a blanketed $7,500 for everyone. The amount you qualify for is based on both your income tax, as well as the size of the electric battery in the vehicle you own.

How It Works:

While the credit amount is based on battery size, the amount of that credit you can receive is based entirely on your federal income tax. If you owe $3,500 in income tax for your car, then that is amount that you would receive from the federal tax credit. Or if you owed $10,000 in federal income tax, then you would qualify for the full $7,500 credit.

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