“EV Charging station installer”

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“I’m looking for some feedback and/or recommendations for an EV charging station installer in the District. I know any electrician should be able to tackle this job, but I prefer to hear from someone that has installed a 240v station at their home and a installation cost ballpark. Also, I understand DC offers a $10k income tax credit towards the installation?”

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  • I had an electrician put in a 240v, 50 amp outdoor outlet (NEMA 14-50 is the standard) and plugged an EVSE into that. I highly recommend this approach. The cost was around $800 for the outlet installation (short run, already space on my panel), and installing/swapping out EVSEs is a snap and can be done yourself or with any general contractor (since the electrical part is just a matter of plugging in a plug). Obviously, costs will vary based on your panel situation and distance from the panel the outlet has to be. You could also go with a lower-amperage and probably not slow down your charging (unless you have a Tesla, in which case you can go up to 100 amps I think and keep getting speed gains, but I think you have to move past standard outlets for amperage that high).

  • On incentives, the $10k credit is for public charging stations. That’s a commercial incentive. For individuals installing home chargers, it’s $1k from DC. You also get 30% of the qualifying costs (up to $1k max) back on your federal income tax. So theoretically you could get up to $2k back if you get a very fancy EV or have an expensive installation circumstance.

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