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4 Incentives for Electric Motorcycles

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Mar 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Go Electric. Get Rewarded. This whole electric motorcycle thing is new to us too. And we're all in this together. From charging your electric Harley to understanding the design of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. We'll be here to help make the process of purchasing an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle easy. Right down to making sure you are in the know on what incentives are available to you too. Check out these Federal, State and Charging Incentives for Electric Motorcycles like the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.


1. Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit

In December 2019, the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit extension was signed into law. This law provides a federal income tax credit of up to $2,500 to qualified LiveWire motorcycle purchasers. Customers can request a copy of the IRS acknowledgement of LiveWire’s certification for this credit from Harley-Davidson Customer Care at 800-258-2464.  Learn more about the details of this tax credit by visiting the IRS website and looking for information on Form 8936.  

The following requirements must be met to qualify for the credit.

You are the owner of the vehicle. If the vehicle is leased, only the lessor and not the lessee, is entitled to the credit.

  • You placed the vehicle in service during your tax year.
  • The vehicle is manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways.
  • The original use of the vehicle began with you.
  • You acquired the vehicle for use or to lease to others, and not for resale.
  • You use the vehicle primarily in the United States.

2. Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)

In addition to the federal tax credit, LiveWire motorcycle customers in California may be eligible for a $750 rebate through the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). Eligibility for this rebate is subject to income and other qualifications, and applications must be 


submitted within three (3) months of purchase. Customers can learn more and apply for the rebate by visiting the California CVRP website.

3. Electrify America

Free charging up to 500KWH or 2 years, whichever comes first* See Details.

4. ChargePoint
Free charging for LiveWire™ owners at participating H-D dealerships* See Details.

Other Incentives

Farmers Insurance provides a discount of up to 10% on all major insurance coverage for HEV and AFV owners. 

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Drive Clean Rebate offers a rebate to local residents and businesses for purchasing EVs. The rebate is up to $,000 for zero emission motorcycles. The local rebate can also be combined with state and federal rebates.

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) is offering a rebate for electric vehicles for residents of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Applicants must purchase or lease an eligible new vehicle before applying for a rebate. MBARD is providing $200 rebates for new electric motorcycles. This program is first-come, first-served and rebates are issued pending on availability of funds.

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District’s (AVAQMD) AFV Program offers rebates of up to $1,000 to residents toward the purchase or lease of a new AFV.

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District’s 2020 DMV Grant Voucher Program offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new eligible lower-emitting vehicle. Applications are processed first-come first-served and vouchers issued accordingly until funds are exhausted.  Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:

  • $4,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 10.
  • $2,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 8 or 9.
  • $1,000 for purchase of a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) with EPA Smog Score of 6 or 7.

In Oregon, LiveWire motorcycle customers may be eligible for a $750 rebate through the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). Eligibility for this rebate is subject to certain qualifications, and applications must be submitted within six (6) months of purchase.  Customers can learn more and apply for the rebate by visiting the Oregon CVRP website.


Q. What is the difference between a tax credit and a rebate?

A tax credit is an amount of money that taxpayers can subtract from taxes owed to the government. A rebate is a return of a portion of a purchase price.

Q. When do customers receive their credit?

The credit is filed with an individual’s income tax return for the year in which the purchase is made.

*Potential government incentives are identified for informational purposes only. Electric vehicle federal tax credit may be 10% of the cost of the qualified vehicle, up to $2,500. Availability and eligibility vary, may change without notice and are beyond the control of Harley-Davidson. Eligibility and amount of credits and rebates depend on each personal situation. Please consult a tax professional and your state or federal agency for details and eligibility requirements.  

Want to know more? Check out this page with everything you need to know about Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycles.

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