C-Max Energi owners should be interested in a little noticed part of the “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed at the beginning of 2013. There is a tax credit for installing a charger in your home. The tax credit had expired on December 31st, 2011. It is now available for chargers purchased through December 31st, 2013. There is also a tax credit for businesses installing chargers. This tax credit is applicable for chargers for the C-Max Energi but also other plug-in vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The residential tax credit is 30 percent of the cost of the charger and installation but limited to $1000. If you bought a charger last year, the tax credit is available for the 2012 tax year too.
I bought a Bosch Power Max EL-51253 30-Amp Level-2 7.2-kWh J1772 Charger for $593 plus $50 shipping from evCHARGEsolutions. I had the electrician install a 240V 40 Amp line from a new breaker in the panel to an electric range outlet in the garage. The electrician then used a standard electric range cord for the charger installation. By not hardwiring the charger, it will make it easy to move it to another location. I paid $746 for the installation. After the tax credit, the total cost to me will be $972.30.
Many questions about charging the C-Max Energi are answered in the blog, “Common Electricity Questions for the C-Max Energi.” To get help in buying a charger, use the blog, “Charging the Ford C-Max Energi.”
The charger tax credit is in Internal Revenue Code Section 30C. This credit expired on December 31st, 2011 formerly. It is extended through December 31st, 2013 in the Fiscal Cliff Bill on page 63, lines 14 through 21. The tax credit is summarized at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center as the “Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit”.
This blog was revised on October 9th, 2013.