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October 6 2023

If you’re ready to electrify everything like we are, you know how important it is to make Level 2 charging at home for electric vehicles accessible and affordable. We aim to do that for residents of Salt Lake City by sharing our knowledge of Utah EV (that’s electric vehicle) incentives from local governments and utility providers in this article.

Interested in EV charging outside of Utah? Great, because we’re working to simplify all the electric vehicle rebates, by state. To make sure you catch our rebate article that covers where you live, check back in with the Kopperfield blog for news on rebates and all things vehicle and home electrification.

Which EV incentives does the Salt Lake City government offer?

There are some standard as well as more unique (hello, free parking!) incentives from Utah’s government that create savings for EV owners in Salt Lake City and around the state. 

Free metered parking

Vehicles that meet the SmartWay Elite classification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are eligible to receive a parking permit that allows them to park for free for up to two hours at any parking meter in Salt Lake City. Get your pass here.

Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit

From the Utah State Tax Commission comes the Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit (TC-40V). This credit is available to anyone who purchases, leases, or converts a vehicle that uses greener fuel (such as electricity).

The credit for a plug-in hybrid vehicle is $1,000. The credit for a new electric, natural gas, or propane vehicle is 35% of the purchase price, or $1,500. Learn more about this credit and apply if you’re eligible here.

EV emissions inspections exemption

Per the Utah DMV, electric vehicles in Salt Lake County (and beyond) are exempted from needing emissions inspections. 

Salt Lake City Utility EV Savings

In addition to the state-sponsored EV savings initiatives, Salt Lake City residents also have a few chances to cut costs through their local utility provider. 

Rocky Mountain Power rebates for electric vehicles

As the most prominent utility company in the Salt Lake City area, we’re glad to see that Rocky Mountain Power has a few helpful incentives for EV charging. 

First is the Utah electric vehicle pricing plan, through which residential customers with plug-in electric vehicles can save when charging them during off-peak hours. 

What’s more, the residential Level 2 EV charger rebate offers 75% (up to $200) back on the cost of an EV charger purchase and installation. In order to qualify, the customer also has to be enrolled in one of their utilities sustainability programs, such as the time-of-use plan above.

Can I take advantage of EV incentives at the federal level?

On the federal front, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 offers additional savings. With this ruling, U.S. taxpayers are eligible for tax credits of up to $7,500 when they buy a qualifying EV or plug-in hybrid — and $4,000 in tax credits may be available for used vehicles.

A home EV charging station can also earn taxpayers (in rural or low-income communities) up to $1,000 in tax credits under this law.

The IRS website is the best resource for getting all the details on these robust rebates. Here are some quick links to help you learn more:

Looking for even more incentivization? A proposal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury should make tax credits for new and used EVs even more accessible in 2024. The new language plans to make discounts available at the time of sale, instead of a year or more later in the form of a tax return. 

SLC requires a permit for Level 2 charger installation

According to SLC’s Building Services, no “installation, alteration, or improvement” may be done to electrical systems within a building without a building permit. 

But it’s not just about local requirements. 

If you want to take advantage of rebates and incentives, you almost always need an electrical permit to install an EV charger at home. What’s more, obtaining a permit is the best way to ensure that your homeowners insurance policy will remain valid in the highly unlikely event of an electrical fire. That permit can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000. 

With a range like that, it’s helpful to have someone in your corner who knows the ins and outs of permitting and installation as well as local cost-cutting initiatives. 

That’s where Kopperfield can help.

What will you save on your home EV charger install?

How much it costs to install a home EV charger varies a good deal. 

Based on our experience working with certified electricians in major U.S. cities, in 2023 the cost  of getting a hardwired Level 2 EV home charging point installation came in under $2,000 for 92% of homeowners who booked an installation on Kopperfield’s platform. 

When you use our platform to request a quote — a local, professional electrician will get back to you quickly with a number that accounts for all the work, permits, and savings you may be eligible for through rebates and incentive programs. 

Our mission is to make home electrification easy, and to us that all starts with saving you time and money on a pro-level EV charger home installation.

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