Illinois Home to More Than 12,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles


Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Every so often, we come across some plug-in vehicle sales figures for a particular state.

This time around it’s Illinois.

In Illinois, there are now more than 12,000 registered plug-in vehicles on the roads…way more than 12,000 actually.

“There are more than 12,000 electric vehicles on the roads in Illinois, not including leased vehicles, according to Kim Biggs with the Illinois EPA.”

That’s according to Naperville Sun, a local news outlet who adds that the 12,000 figure comes from vehicles that qualified for the state’s rebate of 10% off base MSRP up to $4,000.  Leased vehicles don’t qualify, so those aren’t included in the 12,000 number

“Pre-owned or leased vehicles are not eligible for a rebate, Biggs said, to qualify a vehicle must be purchased from an Illinois dealership.”

“The rebate amount is 10 percent of the base retail price of the vehicle as reflected on the base MSRP, not including add-on equipment options, up to $4,000, Biggs said.”

Even that 12,000 figure puts Illinois near the top in the US.  If all 50 states were home to 12,000 plug-in vehicles, we’d have 600,000 on the road already.  There’s actually more like 200,000 plug-in vehicles in the US, so it’s clear that Illinois is a cut above (in terms of plug in electric vehicle sales) most US states.

EV Town USA - Normal, Illinois

EV Town USA – Normal, Illinois

Source: Naperville Sun

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One thing in the article that makes zero sense … “Leased vehicles don’t qualify, so those aren’t included in the 12,000 number”

The vast majority of EV’s are leased. There is a 0% chance that Illinois has 12000 EVs that were purchased by the end user.

My guess is that the leasing companies get this rebate, just like they collect the Federal incentive.

I purchased in IL specifically for this reason, the IL rebate. It only applies to purchases. Also IL has a 50% charging station rebate which includes labor, material and charger costs.

Leasing is a bad deal in Illinois and even worse in Chicago due to the sales tax structure. I would guess that most EVs are purchased rather than leased due to both the leasing problem and the $4k rebate. Also, Tesla seems to be the 2nd most popular EV after Volt.

The article mentions “to qualify a vehicle must be purchased from an Illinois dealership”

Do you know whether Tesla qualifies for the $4k rebate?

I have wondered the same thing, but the IL EPA website does specifically say model S is eligible:

I wonder if it makes a difference whether you order online or go to one of their stores in IL.

the invoice has to show that you bought the car at a business that is located in Illinois. if you buy at a tesla store, I would imagine that the store address would be listed on the invoice and you would be ok. on the other hand, if you buy online and the invoice shows that the pickup location is a tesla store in Illinois, then I would guess you would be ok. if buying online means that you bypass the Illinois stores altogether (i.e. tesla delivers directly to your home) then I would imagine that you would be out of luck if the invoice has no mention of a business located in Illinois.

Thanks for the link. Think it says 13,000 cars sold under the program since 1998 including flex fuel E85, so I wonder if the “over 12,000” number includes some non-PEV’s?

It is great seeing so may Volts and Teslas in my daily drives in western suburbs of Chicagoland. Only occasion see a LEAF. Quite a few SC options east/west of Chicago too.

I live in the western suburbs of Chicago and regularly see Chevrolet Volts. I have only seen 1 Tesla model S and only a few Nissan Leafs.