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EV Charging Station Incentives & Rebates

There are many incentives for the purchase and installation EV charging stations at homes or businesses. In this discussion, we will explain the basics and answer any questions you have about tax credits, and state and local rebates, including how to find them.

Hi, everyone, welcome. In celebration of National Drive Electric Week we want to share about incentives and rebates that are available when purchasing electric vehicle charging stations. Let’s get things started with introductions. I’m Rachel and I work at ClipperCreek. We also have Amanda with us today. Amanda, would you tell us a little bit about your role at ClipperCreek?

Thank you, Rachel. Hi, everyone, I’m Amanda, I’m the Inside Sales Manager here at Cooper Creek. I manage our team of product specialists here that work with residential customers and educate them on products, as well as rebates or incentives that may be available to them.

You want the most from your purchase, right?

Yes, correct. We want to make sure that everyone’s getting the best value and know all of the different options available to them.

Great! Good to have you here, Amanda. Thank you. Will is also joining us today. Will, would you tell us a little bit about your role at ClipperCreek?

Sure! My name’s Will Barrett, I’m Director of Sales at ClipperCreek so I oversee our sales and business development activities, also work closely with Amanda and her team to ensure positive customer experience throughout the whole buying process. I’ve been in the industry and with the company for about 10 years now, so definitely seen a lot of change over that time.

And things are very exciting at this point with all of the new vehicles and especially the incentives that are available to people for purchasing the vehicles as well as infrastructure to get them filled up.

Thank you so much for being here Will. Let’s get into our discussion about incentives and rebates for EV charging stations. Will and Amanda will go over some basics, but if anyone has any questions, please give us a call, send us an email, or you can post a comment wherever you see this video and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Great, so Amanda, did you want to kick us off talking about maybe the the big federal incentive that exists right now and that is set to expire soon?

Yeah, there is a alternative fuel tax credit that’s available. It is for residential and commercial customers. Residentially this is a federal tax credit that provides 30 percent up to a thousand dollars. And this is for the purchase and installation of the charging station. It’s something that was brought back retroactively and is going to expire at the end of 2020. So it’s good to get your purchases in as soon as possible before the year end because the station does need to be installed to qualify for that before the end of the year.

I would also add that if you’re if you’re not able to make the purchase this year, it’s a good incentive to keep your eyes open for because it is an incentive that has been available, gone away and come back a number of times. So even if you end up making your purchase of infrastructure in the future, you still still take a look to see if that is that incentive exists or has has come back retroactively.

Yeah and typically for that, you’re just going to need to have your paid invoice to show purchase of the charging station. And that’s something that if you purchase directly, that you could request from us as well to get the paid invoice copy for submission for that.

And it is a federal tax credit, so we do recommend that when you go about filing and claiming that credit, if you do have any questions outside of needing a copy of your invoice, it’s best to check with your tax professional on on on getting those- any specific questions you have on filling out that paperwork or submitting for that tax rebate answered. I think in addition to the federal credit that’s available nationwide, there are also a number of local incentives that are available through through states, but also through utilities and other agencies.

Amanda, did you want to talk a little bit about how people can can find those incentives?

Yeah, so we actually do compile a list of state incentives on our website. We have those available for purchase of electric vehicle or purchase of the infrastructure, the charging station as well. You can filter by state and look up incentives that may be available to you.

There is also the Alternative Fuel Data Center website that you can visit that has information on different rebates, incentives that are available as well, that you can also filter by by location. I believe we will be sharing a link of that with this video as well.

I think Amanda touched on a really good point there – incentives that exist today they’re available for the infrastructure that you use to fill up the vehicle but there are also many incentives available for the vehicles themselves so that, again, there are federal tax credits available for the purchase of select plug in vehicles. There are also additional state and utility based incentives for the vehicle. And in many cases or in all cases, these incentives can be stacked.

So you have the potential of getting a incentive through the form of a tax credit or a rebate in the form of a check that the state or your local utility might send you for the purchase of the vehicle. And those and you can you can take advantage of all those incentives if they exist in your region. And the same is true for the charging infrastructure incentive.

So there’s a federal incentives, but then there are potentially local, state and utility based incentives that may also exist. So check out those resources that Amanda mentioned and and take a little bit of time, because there could potentially be a good amount of money on the table.

And checking our website frequently is a good, good thing to do as well, because we do work to update that every other week so that any kind of new incentive that may have just become available, we try to make sure that those are listed on their right away so that you know anything new that may have just become available to you.

I heard that you can get up to 30 percent of the credit, including the installation fee for electricians, is that true?

Yes, the tax credit is 30 percent and up to a thousand dollars, that’s for the purchase and installation, it does not cover permitting or inspection fees, though.

Okay, so that’s a great deal. You don’t want to miss out on that.

Yeah, that’s 30 percent up to a thousand dollars for a residential installation. So something that people would install at their home. And then the credit also has a commercial installation element to it as well. And it’s similar, it’s 30 percent, but it’s up to 30 thousand dollars per project in the in the commercial space in case there are any folks that are looking to install commercial charging that are listening in, you’re not excluded in those applications. And the the amount of the incentive can be a little bit higher as those projects tend to cost quite a bit more.

That’s great! Well, did you guys have anything else that you wanted to go over?

Well, one thing, if you are in the market, especially for the infrastructure, doing a little bit of research on incentives to start ahead of your purchase is a good idea, especially the local incentives.

So the federal incentives have a certain set of requirements like the the equipment needs to be a level two station. Level two is something that’s going to hook up to two hundred and eight hundred forty volt power, similar to what you might use to power an electric clothes dryer or an air conditioner unit. Also, many, especially the utility and state incentives, will have additional requirements of the equipment.

One of the big ones is that the equipment is NATL listed, and NATL is a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These are third party agencies that test equipment for the sort of minimum electrical safety, meeting a minimum electrical safety standards for an electrical appliance. So it’s a good thing to make sure that any piece of charging infrastructure you purchase is NATL certified or listed.

But especially it’s important to be able to take advantage of these incentives. And as Amanda mentioned, in addition to the equipment being NATL certified, you’ll likely need a copy of the receipt, which if you purchase from us, reach out to us. You can we can get a copy of receipt to you very easily. And in most of the utilities and entities that have these rebates will have their requirements listed out in relatively plain English right on the website, on their website for the program, which you can get to through our website and our incentive page that Amanda mentioned, or the Alternative Fuel Data Center, which is a federally hosted database that lists out laws and incentives by state.

So, yeah, there’s a lot of good research resources out there. Definitely do a little bit of research ahead of time so you can be sure that you’re you’re getting the equipment that will allow you to take advantage of all the rebates and incentives that exist.

Well, this was all very helpful, thank you so much, Will and Amanda, if anyone has any questions or needs assistance, please reach out to us by phone, email or by commenting on this video. Thank you so much, everyone for joining and happy National Drive Electric Week!

Thank you, Rachel, for putting this together.

Oh, my pleasure. Thanks for watching and be sure to follow ClipperCreek on our social media channels for more content like this.

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