Just Two Weeks Left to Buy A Charger and Get Federal 30% Tax Credit

There is a tax credit for installing a charger (EVSE) that will expire on December 31st, 2014, assuming President Obama signs HR 5771 that was passed on December 16th, 2014.  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.  If you missed out on this tax credit in 2013 and bought a charger this year, it applies to any purchase and installation in 2014.  The tax credit is for the purchase and installation costs, so quick action is required.  The tax credit expires after December 31, 2014 – you have less than two weeks if you didn’t buy a charger and install it in 2014 already.  There are several J1772 Level 2 choices at HomeDepot.com.  Some states, such as Maryland, have tax credits or rebates for buying and installing an EVSE too.

Many questions about charging the C-Max Energi are answered in the blog, “Common Electricity Questions for the C-Max Energi.”

The charger tax credit is in Internal Revenue Code Section 30C.  This credit expired on December 31st, 2011 formerly.  It was extended through December 31st, 2013 in the Fiscal Cliff Bill on page 63, lines 14 through 21.  It was just extended through December 31st, 2014 (unless the President doesn’t sign the legislation, as far as I know, that isn’t likely).

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5 thoughts on “Just Two Weeks Left to Buy A Charger and Get Federal 30% Tax Credit

    • 30% of the EVSE/installatiion cost but limited to a credit of $1000. The 120 volt Ford charger is less efficient. At least part of the reason is the overhead, like a fan blowing while the car is charging. The charging time is about 3 times longer with the 120v EVSE. This blog may be of interest to you: http://cmaxchat.com/?p=1283 Just using the 120v EVSE is fine for many people. If you tend to make a lot of shorter trips during a day, the Level 2 EVSE may pay for itself quickly. If you are likely to charge just once a day, at night, to go to work the following day, the Level 2 EVSE may not make sense for you. If electric rates in your area are very low the Level 2 EVSE may make more sense. There isn’t a hard rule.

    • One more thought, it may be almost impossible to get an EVSE installed in 2013 to get the tax credit on the installation. In your case, since you haven’t bought the C-Max yet, it may be better to wait and see how much you would use the Level 2 EVSE.

  1. Is there a way I can get a longer charging cord for my 110 charger? The manual says not to use an extension cord, but the CMax cord isn’t long enough in some cases.

    I also want to know what would happen if there’s a power surge while the car is plugged in – whether it’s fully charged or not. I sometimes run out in the middle of the night to unplug it in case there’s a power surge! I hope it has built-in breakers?

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