The city and county of Boulder does not offer any special rebates for EV charger installation projects. However, you may be eligible for Federal Tax credits or Xcel Energy’s EV charging rebate. For a full list of rebates available in your area use our savings tool.

Xcel Energy – Boulder Rebates for EV Charging

Charging your electric vehicle (EV) with a Level 2 charger is a fast, convenient home charging option. Our rebate can help reduce the costs of updating your home’s wiring so you can charge at home. Our rebate can also offset the cost of a Level 2 charger. Eligible customers can save up to $500. Income-Qualified customers can qualify for a $1,300 rebate.

Eligibility

  • Drive an electric vehicle (all-electric or plug-in hybrid)
  • Live in a residence that receives electric service from Xcel Energy in Colorado
  • Agree to charge during an off-peak schedule through our Optimize Your Charge Program
Home Wiring Costs

Level 2 chargers need a dedicated 240-volt circuit (like an electric clothes dryer). The cost for wiring a 240-volt circuit depends on your home’s unique electrical setup and charging site. To understand potential costs, use our Home Wiring Estimator tool.

Our qualified electricians can help you understand the actual costs of wiring work unique to your home. Even easier, enroll in our EV Accelerate At Home program, and one of our electricians can help you take advantage of this rebate up front while installing a Level 2 charger.

How to apply for the EV Charger and Wiring Rebate

Step 1. Apply for Optimize Your Charge

Step 2. Apply for the Home Wiring Rebate

Xcel Energy EV Charger Rebate FAQ – Boulder Rebates for EV Charging

How do I know if I’m qualified for the expanded $1,300 rebate?

First, you must complete and submit the Home Wiring Rebate application and check the box for “Income-Qualified” if you think you might meet the requirements. We will then verify your income eligibility. Our partner, GRID Alternatives Colorado, will contact you regarding the information they need to complete this process. Pre-qualification may take up to 2 weeks from the time all the information necessary to process your application is received.

Guidance about income qualification can be found below. For more information about income qualification contact our partner, GRID Alternatives Colorado, at 866-434-1690 or information@coloradoevs.org.

To meet the “Income-Qualified” requirement, you must have a household income below

    • 60% of the state of Colorado’s median income

OR

    • 200% of the relevant federal poverty level

OR

  • 80% of area median income (varies by county; see examples, below):
    80% of County AMIIndividualFamily of 4
    Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas County$65,680$93,760
    Boulder County$70,240$100,320
    Mesa County$46,080$65,760
    Summit County$58,640$83,760

Or, be currently enrolled in any one of the following programs:

  • State of Colorado Low-Income-Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Energy Outreach Colorado’s Colorado Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE)
  • Colorado’s Weather Assistance Program (WAP)
  • Xcel Energy income-qualified demand side management program
  • Xcel Energy’s income-qualified Community Solar Gardens program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF)

What expenses and Level 2 chargers qualify for the EV Charger and Wiring Rebate?

Qualifying expenses include permitting, materials, installation and electrical work completed by a licensed electrician to install a 240-volt circuit to support a Level 2 charger. The cost of purchasing the following Level 2 chargers also qualify for the rebate

If participating in our EV Accelerate At Home program program, the rebate cannot be applied toward the monthly rental cost of the charger.

What do I need to provide to Xcel Energy to get the Home Wiring Rebate?

  1. Ensure you’ve been accepted in Optimize Your Charge program.
  2. Submit your application for your EV Charger and Home Wiring Rebate.
  3. If you have wiring expenses, include your electrician’s invoice for work completed on or after August 5, 2021.
  4. If you have purchased Level 2 charger, include a receipt dated on or after August 5, 2021 that shows the price and the model.

For full list of requirements, see Terms & Conditions.

Can the homeowner perform the home wiring work?

A licensed electrician needs to perform the home wiring work to qualify for our EV Charger and Wiring Rebate. You can use one of our electricians or choose another licensed electrician.

When will I receive my rebate?

Expect your rebate check in 8 weeks or less. If you enroll in EV Accelerate At Home program, one of our electricians can help you take advantage of this rebate up front when they perform your wiring work and install your Level 2 charger.

What if I am renting my home?

You may qualify for the rebate. Property must be a detached single-family home, townhome, rowhouse or duplex, and have a separately metered service. You must receive written consent from the property owner to have the wiring work performed and the eligible Level 2 charger installed

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit – Boulder Rebates for EV Charging

Beginning January 1, 2023, fueling equipment for natural gas, propane, hydrogen, electricity, E85, or diesel fuel blends containing a minimum of 20% biodiesel, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost or 6% in the case of property subject to depreciation, not to exceed $100,000. Eligible projects that meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements may be eligible to receive the full 30% tax credit, regardless of depreciation status. Permitting and inspection fees are not included in covered expenses.

Qualified fueling equipment must be installed in locations that meet the following census tract requirements:

  • The census tract is not an urban area;
  • A population census tract where the poverty rate is at least 20%; or
  • Metropolitan and non-metropolitan area census tract where the median family income is less than 80% of the state medium family income level.

Consumers who purchase qualified residential fueling equipment between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2032, may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000.

Additional requirements may apply. For further details, please see the IRS Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 website.

Additional Information

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