It turns out that there are quite a few.
- England tops the list. If you want to drive into London, you have to pay a fee for clogging up the city streets – unless you have an electric car (and pay for a yearly inspection, about $16). Since each drive into the city costs $8 in fees for a gasoline-powered car, going more than twice pays for the inspection. London also has charging stations, available for unlimited use for an annual fee. England also offers up to 5,000 Pounds (about $8,500 U.S. dollars) towards the purchase of an electric vehicle. Very EV-friendly!
- Norway doesn’t charge tolls for EVs, and allows them to park for free in public parking lots. (I’m jealous – free parking? How great is that?)
- Italy, France, and China will pay a consumer to buy an electric car. The amount varies in Italy, but it’s about 5,000 Euros in France (roughly 7,200 USD) and around $9600 in China (!). American consumers get a $7500 tax credit, and get the same credit for a hybrid car.
- Japan will pay 40% of the cost of an “environmentally friendly” car directly – but what they consider to be environmentally friendly is a little murky.
- Austria waives insurance tax requirements for EVs, as well as the new car tax (which is up to 16% of the total value of the car). Many insurance companies also reduce rates by 10-20% for an electric car.
And those are just federal incentives for electric cars! Individual cities offer all sorts of different grants, tax credits, and other incentives for electric trucks, scooters, and motorcycles. A more comprehensive list is available at the source. Anyone have personal experience with this or have one we missed? Let us know in the comments below.