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Biden Administration Issues Broad Guidance for Electric Vehicle Charger Tax Credits

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Jan 20, 2024

The Biden Administration has released new guidance significantly expanding tax credits available for installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The move aims to accelerate the buildout of charging infrastructure across the country.

Treasury Department and IRS Detail Eligibility Requirements

On January 19th, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published long-awaited details on eligibility, qualifying expenses, and other specifics around the tax credits available for EV charging equipment and installation costs [1].

The tax credits were authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law last August. However, final rules on their implementation were needed before taxpayers could claim the credits.

The guidance confirms a 30% tax credit is now available to businesses for costs associated with installing publicly accessible charging stations. Additionally, private EV chargers installed in homes and apartment buildings also now qualify for credits covering 30% and 50% of hardware and installation costs respectively [2].

New Credits Significantly More Generous than Past Incentives

The newly issued credits represent a major increase compared to past federal incentives according to charging network provider ChargePoint [3]. Previously, a program created under the 2009 Recovery Act provided a 30% tax credit capped at just $30,000 for commercial chargers and $1000 for private residential installations.

The new guidance sets much higher limits – up to $100,000 for commercial public stations and $2000 for at-home chargers. It also allows unused credits to be carried forward for additional tax years.

Administration Aims to “Meet Moment” on EV Adoption

The Biden Administration has set a goal of 50% EV sales by 2030. Expanding charging infrastructure is seen as critical to enable more consumers to choose electric vehicles.

In announcing the new tax credit details, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said [4]:

“To meet the moment, we need to make installing EV chargers easier and more affordable. This guidance helps do just that by making the tax credits more generous, more accessible, and more user-friendly than ever before.”

Similarly, Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Law Coordinator commented [5]:

“The guidance issued today reflects public input towards developing consumer-friendly tax credits that will help more Americans access clean transportation options.”

New Chargers Must Meet “Open Access” Requirements

To qualify for the full 30% credit, publicly accessible commercial chargers must adhere to several conditions to ensure fair access to all drivers.

Requirements include [6]:

  • Payment system operable at all times charger is available
  • Public posted price schedule
  • Real-time status notifications
  • Open access without restricting by network, geography, etc.

Additionally, chargers cannot impose “unreasonable restrictions” or fees on drivers. This includes memberships, parking or other ancillary costs beyond electricity charges.

| Summary of New EV Charger Tax Credit Key Details |
|-|
| Businesses |
| Credit percentage | 30% |
| Maximum credit amount | $100,000 |
| Eligible expenses | Charger hardware, installation costs |
| Private Residences |
| Credit percentage | 30% single family
50% multi-family |
| Maximum credit amount | $2000 single family
$4000 multi-family |
| Eligible expenses | Charger hardware, installation costs |

Automakers, Charging Networks Hail Expanded Credits

Industry groups welcomed the administration’s move to simplify and expand EV charger incentives.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted [7]:

“This is a major step towards an electrified future!”

General Motors also applauded the guidances broad eligibility and flexibility tweeting [8]:

“The new rules allow more drivers, homeowners & businesses to install EV charging. We’re committed to an all-electric, zero-emissions future.”

Charging networks like Electrify America called the guidance “groundbreaking” for providing equitable access to infrastructure funding [9]. And ChargePoint’s CEO pascal Tanguay remarked [10]:

“The Biden Administration’s guidance translates the promise of recent legislation into reality.”

Expected Surge in Charger Installations Under New Policy

Experts forecast a flood of new charger installations driven by the updated credits according to Bloomberg [11]. Investors have poured billions into charging startups over the past year in anticipation of expansions to federal incentives.

Now with clear guidance in place, as much as $7.5 billion annually may flow into new charging station construction. That has the potential to dramatically reshape charging availability – a key factor influencing consumer EV purchase decisions.

What Questions Remain on Claiming the Credit

Some additional details are still needed to fully clarify the process for securing the tax credits. Open items include [12]:

  • Forms and procedures for submitting and documenting claims
  • Defining “reasonable” pricing and restrictions to meet “open access” requirements
  • Specific qualifications for multi-family property eligibility

The Treasury and IRS may address those areas through additional postings to an EV charging questions page housed on the IRS site.

For now, businesses and property owners can use the high-level guidance to begin planning potential charger installations that may qualify. With the potential for up to $100,000 in offsets available, developing proposals aligned to the credits can help build the case for moving forward now.

Outlook Going Forward – Accelerated Charger Growth Expected

The Biden Administration has taken meaningful action to spur large-scale growth in EV charging infrastructure. The generous tax credits should incentivize both public and residential charging expansion.

Meeting stated goals for EV adoption will require continued momentum however. Some experts estimate as many as 10 million public chargers may be needed by 2030. Currently, there are less than 100,000 nationwide [13].

While the new credits won’t fully close that gap, they represent an important jumpstart. In the next few years, consumers should start seeing fast chargers become almost as common as gas stations. Those visibility and convenience factors can then further accelerate EV demand.

Combined with large investments by automakers and government support like the infrastructure law and new tax credits, the outlook for charging infrastructure scaling is increasingly positive. The charger incentives issued by the Biden Administration will now put that expansion into overdrive.

References

  1. IRS and Treasury Issue Guidance on Credits for Using Property for Alternative Fuel Charging Stations
  2. Electric vehicle tax credits: New Biden guidance available where most Americans live
  3. ChargePoint Applauds Treasury Guidance Unlocking Billions in Funding
  4. Biden administration expands tax credits for EV charging stations
  5. Electric vehicle tax credits: New Biden guidance available where most Americans live
  6. Treasury Department and IRS Issue Guidance on Clean Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
  7. Elon Musk tweet
  8. GM tweet
  9. Electrify America Statement
  10. ChargePoint Statement
  11. Biden Adopts Broad Rules for Electric Vehicle Tax Breaks
  12. IRS and Treasury Issue Guidance on Credits for Using Property for Alternative Fuel Charging Stations
  13. Biden administration expands tax credits for EV charging stations
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