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 Volt, Nissan 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.
National Drive Electric Week is next month. Its purpose is to increase awareness of plug-in vehicles, including the Ford C-Max Energi. If you own a C-Max Energi or are considering buying a plug-in vehicle, go to their website and look for events in your area. I’m planning on attending the festivities in Huntington Beach California, one of the largest events in the country. As of today, there are 91 owners of plug-in vehicles that have registered to attend the event in Huntington Beach. Of the 91, just four owners of the Ford C-Max Energi (myself included) have registered. I recommend going to the website to see if there is an event near you. If there isn’t, it’s possible to sponsor one.
Have you considered buying a Ford C-Max Energi to save on fuel costs? There is a useful tool, the EVExplorer created by the University of California Davis to estimate the fuel cost of commuting. The web application uses the U.S. government’s fueleconomy.gov website. You can compare four vehicles. After giving the application your home address, work address, cost of electricity, cost of gasoline, how many days you commute and charging option at work, it estimates the annual cost of commuting. Commuting isn’t all we do, but EVExplorer is useful to decide whether fuel cost savings should play a significant role in your purchasing decision for a plug-in hybrid, all-electric, or traditional gasoline-fueled vehicle.
CMaxChat.com thanks follower Dianne Carlson for the tip on EVExplorer.