The Pennsylvania EV Rebate Program Explained


🎓 Disclaimer: this article is accurate at the time of publication in 2023. Please reference the publication date to determine whether any rebates or schemes still apply. 

Pennsylvania has a relatively good outlook for promoting electric vehicles in the state. Let’s take a look at what you can expect if you decide to go green and get an electric car:

At a Glance:

1️⃣ Pennsylvania residents may qualify for a $2000 rebate when getting an electric vehicle.

2️⃣ Low-income residents may be eligible for an additional $1000.

3️⃣ The federal tax credit is also available to PA residents.

4️⃣ The utility rebates in PA are minor but still worth looking at.

The editorial team at EV-America has created a comprehensive resource on state incentives and rebates. So, take it from us when we say that the $2000 rebate available in Pennsylvania is a great opportunity. Now, if you want to know more, I recommend reading this article.

An Overview Of Pennsylvania’s EV Rebate

Pennsylvania has a long list of incentives. However, they mostly aim at businesses, government, and non-government entities. There is, however, a significant incentive for individuals known as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate. Here are some things to note:

  • Electric motorcycles qualify for a $500 rebate.

  • Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles qualify for $1500.

  • Battery electric vehicles qualify for $2000.

  • An additional $1000 is available for low-income households.

  • The rebate is applicable for new and used electric cars.

  • Leasing or buying the vehicles are both acceptable.

Your income has much to do with whether or not you qualify for the rebate. A household with only one person should not earn more than $54,360. A household of four should not earn more than $111,000.

To be eligible for the extra $1000 rebate, a household of one should not earn more than $27,180. A family of four should not earn more than $55,500.

The final thing to note is that you may still qualify for the federal tax credit on top of the state incentive. This means a low-income household could be eligible for up to $10,500 rebates for owning an electric. For non-low-income households, the amount is up to $9500.

How To Take Advantage Of Pennsylvania’s EV Incentives

Unfortunately, you can’t just buy an extra vehicle and expect to be eligible for the incentives. So, here is what you need for the AFV rebate,  starting with what you need before you can apply. Here is a list of recommended documents:

  • Proof of purchase or lease

  • Vehicle registration

  • Proof of insurance

  • Vehicle sales agreement (if applicable)

  • Federal tax credit form (if applicable)

With that out of the way, here is what you need to do:

1️⃣ Purchase or lease an eligible vehicle from a dealership or private party. The vehicle can be new or used and must be registered in Pennsylvania and titled to the applicant.

2️⃣ Gather the required documentation.

3️⃣ Apply for the AFV Rebate here. You must select the option “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program.”

4️⃣ Wait for the application to be processed.

Please avoid submitting duplicate applications, as it could interfere with processing your initial application.

Pennsylvania Utility Incentives For EVs

Two major utility providers in Pennsylvania are PECO and Duquesne Light Company (DLC). Between these two companies, you could be eligible for a small rebate of up to $50 or the time-of-use rate, which reduces the cost of charging your vehicle.

PECO PECO customers that buy an electric vehicle can qualify for a $50 rebate. All you have to do is apply here. Also, Time Of Use rates are available.
PECO commercialThe commercial charger rebate is currently at its limit. However, you can still apply to be on a waitlist. The rebate goes up to $3000 for installing level 2 chargers. 
PECO DC station incentiveCommercial customers who offer DC fast charging may qualify for discounted rates.
Duquesne Light CompanyThe first incentive for DLC customers is a $50 rebate or gift card for those who buy or lease an electric vehicle. You can apply here.
Duquesne Light CompanyFor commercial customers, multiple incentives are available, such as workplace TOU rates, fleet EV charging station rebates, and more.

It is always advisable to keep any receipt and documentation for your electric vehicle before applying for any rebate or incentive.


How Much Is The Fee For An Electric Vehicle In Pennsylvania?

A regular passenger vehicle costs $39 to register in the state of Pennsylvania. However, it increases quite significantly for electric cars. For example, a typical passenger electric vehicle expects to pay $165.

Even though most states are starting to offer rebates, it seems that at the same time, they are beginning to charge additional fees for registering an electric vehicle.

What Is The Sales Tax On EVs In Pennsylvania?

Some states have higher taxes than others, and according to data, Pennsylvania sits somewhere in the middle. It is not the highest or the lowest in the country.

You can expect to pay 6% in sales tax win purchases in the state. This sales tax is also applicable to electric vehicles.

Key Takeaways

Applying for the $2000 electric vehicle rebate in Pennsylvania is relatively straightforward as long as you have the necessary documentation. Also, I advise phoning your relevant utility provider to determine if you qualify for more incentives.

1️⃣ Pennsylvania’s AFV Rebate for new/used EVs depends on income; $54,360 cap for singles and $111,000 for a family of four.

2️⃣ Pennsylvanians can access federal tax credits, boosting total rebates to $10,500 for low-income and $9500 for other households.

Unfortunately, the state doesn’t offer any incentives for private/residential level 2 charging stations. But the Federal EV charger tax credit allows you to save again.