Time Is Running out to Buy a Charger with a Tax Credit

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 VoltNissan 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.

Ford C-Max Energi and Nissan Leaf with Bosch Power Max

Ford C-Max Energi and Nissan Leaf with Bosch Power Max

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.


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4 thoughts on “Time Is Running out to Buy a Charger with a Tax Credit

    • Sure. I bought it from http://evchargesolutions.com in Canandaigua NY but via eBay. I updated the blog to state this today. They have a 16 Amp Bosch Power Max with 12ft cord on eBay now for $449. They had the 30 Amp with 18ft cord earlier and even though I don’t need a 30 Amp charger now, I decided that for the minor cost difference, it was better to be prepared for the future. I contacted the company. They have Bosch Power Max units in stock. They will be introducing an online store soon, but you can reach them via their website or call 585-374-8827.

      • Is my read on the tax credit correct, that it is not necessary to also show an EV vehicle purchase? I haven’t bought the vehicle yet, but taking the credit seems like a wise move before the year’s end.

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