Buy a qualifying battery-electric vehicle and you’ll be up for a $7,500 federal tax credit. You’ll also be in line for additional incentives from California, Colorado and nearly a dozen other states and local communities.
If anything, the Obama Administration and several other states would like to add even more incentives aimed at convincing skeptical motorists to trade in conventional, gas-powered vehicles for highly efficient electric vehicles.
But don’t put Washington State on that list. Despite progressive policies on a number of other environmental issues, Washington has enacted a new $100 surcharge on pure battery-electric vehicles – think Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, but not the Chevrolet Volt or Fisker Karma.