A Guide to EV Charger Rebates and Incentives
It’s no secret that electric vehicles, or EVs, are better for our planet than gas-powered cars, but finding the time to recharge can be a hassle. By installing an EV charging station of your own, you can not only recharge your electric car from the comfort of your home, but take advantage of the range of federal, state, and local incentives that may be available to help you save money, too.1
And, when paired with a home solar system, you can save even more (and further reduce your carbon footprint) by charging your EV with clean, renewable energy.
We’ve put together this guide to help you understand which incentives you may qualify for that can help make your transition to an EV more affordable. From federal tax credits to state and local initiatives to utility company incentives, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about buying and installing an EV charger.
Federal Incentives for Home EV Charging Stations
You may be eligible for a federal tax credit of 30% of the total cost to have an EV charging station installed at your home, including both hardware and installation costs. The U.S. federal government allows a one-time, nonrefundable tax credit for qualified customers who purchase an EV charging station, with a maximum credit of $1,000.1
Residential EV chargers can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000, depending on the type of charger and the brand. Hiring an electrician or qualified solar professional to install the charger can add to the total cost, depending on the charger, voltage, and what work needs to be done.
Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit including eligibility requirements from the Dsireusa.org, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
State and Local Incentives for EV Chargers
A number of states, metropolitan areas, and even utilities offer incentives for installing residential EV chargers.2 Even better, you may be able to further enhance your investment by combining these incentives with the federal tax credit. Here’s a look at some programs around the country.
In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power customers who purchase a Level 2 Charger can receive rebates of up to $500.
Alaska's Chugach Electric Association rebate program offers $200 bill credits for up to two Level 2 chargers in one household.
In California, where EVs tend to be more prevalent than in many other states, it’s no surprise that many municipalities and air districts offer rebates for installing a home EV charging station.
The Plug‐In Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate from Anaheim Public Utilities incentivizes up to $1,500 for a Level 2 EV charger for customers who don’t participate in the utility’s Time of Use (TOU) or EV Rate programs, or up to $3,000 for those who do sign up for TOU rates.
Charge Up LA! from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a rebate of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of a qualified Level 2 (240-volt) charging station and a $250 rebate for the installation of a dedicated EV meter.
Coloradoans in select locations can receive $500 per charger off the purchase and installation of a residential Level 2 charger, while income-qualified customers can receive up to $1,300 per charger.
New York offers an EV tax credit that can also help offset the purchase and installation costs of an EV charging station, up to $5,000.
This is only a sample of the many EV charging programs, incentives, and rebates available. For the latest information on what may be offered in your area, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
Utility Company Incentives for EV Charging
Your utility company may also offer incentives or rebates encouraging you to switch to electric vehicles (because when you switch from refueling with gasoline to recharging with electricity, you buy more of their product).
Below are some examples of EV charging programs that utility companies offer:
California – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) offers residential customers rebates of up to $500 for a Level 2 EV charging station and $2,000 for electric panel upgrades necessary to support the EV charging station. Eligible participants must meet household income requirements.
And in Southern California, the Charge Ready Program from Edison (SCE) offers financial incentives, infrastructure, and technical support to facilitate the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations.
Colorado – Xcel Energy provides a $500 rebate for eligible customers who install a qualifying Level 2 charger and enroll in the Optimize Your Charge program, while income-qualified customers can save even more.
Connecticut – Eversource offers a $500 rebate on qualified Level 2 Smart Chargers along with a second rebate worth $500 to help with home wiring upgrades.
Florida - Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) offers residential customers with a Level 2 EV charging station an incentive of up to $7 per month to encourage EV charging station use during off-peak hours. Additionally, residential customers may receive up to $300 for the pre-wiring necessary to support a Level 2 EV charging station.
North Carolina - Duke Energy Carolinas provides a one-time credit up to $1,133 per charger to help cover the costs of preparing your home for an electric vehicle charger. You may apply for one rebate per EV registered to your address.
Oregon - Eugene Water & Electric Board offers a $500 Smart Charge Rebate for residential electric customers who purchase a qualifying level 2 EV charger.
Texas – Austin Energy offers EV owners a rebate of 50% of the purchase and installation cost of an approved Level 2 (240V) charging station. The maximum rebate amount is $1,200 for OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) compliant stations and $900 for non-OCPP compliant stations. OCPP is a communication standard for EV charging stations that allows charge management programs.
Vermont - Burlington Electric Department offers up to $900 on qualifying level 2 chargers purchased within 60 days of vehicle purchase or lease. With an eligible charger, you can sign up for a discounted EV charging rate of 8 cents/kWh when charging between 10pm and noon.
Washington - Tacoma Public Utility (TPU) offers residential customers a $400 rebate, in the form of bill credit, for the installation of a Level 2 EV charging station, a smart splitter, or a 240-volt outlet. Applicants may receive one rebate per installation, up to $600 total.
Home Solar and Home EV Chargers
Want to make the most out of your EV and home charging station? Powering your home with clean, solar energy can not only make your vehicle choice even more sustainable, but it can help save you more, too.
In addition to the EV charger tax credit, the Inflation Reduction Act provides incentives for installation of home solar panels with the Residential Clean Energy tax credit. For home and residential solar installations, the IRA allows a tax credit of up to 30% of the total system cost for qualified customers.
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1 Federal and state tax credits and local incentives vary and are subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding these solar tax credits and how they apply to your specific circumstances. You can also visit the dsireusa.org website for information on incentives available in your area.
2 State tax credits and local incentives vary and are subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding these solar tax credits and how they apply to your specific circumstances. You can also visit the dsireusa.org website for information on incentives available in your area.