Federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit is back!

It’s that time of year again! The 30% Federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit is back! This tax credit is retroactive for 2015 and will extend to the end of 2016. So, if you purchased and installed an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in 2015 you may take this credit in April, 2016. Consumers who purchased qualified residential fueling equipment prior to December 31, 2016, may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. Commercial entities may take 30% of the total cost of the project (including installation) with a maximum of $30,000.00. The tax credit is per site which means that multiple credits can be taken.

More information on the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit can be found on the DOE website: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/10513

Please consult with your tax advisor to determine your eligibility.


NovaCharge Selected as Equipment and Integration Partner for North Florida TPO and JEA ChargeWell Program

OLDSMAR, FL – November 18, 2015 – NovaCharge LLC, a leading provider of electric vehicle charging solutions, has been selected by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and JEA to provide equipment and integration services for the ChargeWell program, a new electric vehicle charging station network available to the public throughout the Jacksonville, Florida area.

In partnership with JEA, North Florida TPO has invested $300,000 to provide ChargeWell branded charging stations in JEA’s service territory. Currently, 27 sites have been selected for this program, all to be installed and integrated by NovaCharge.

ChargeWell Unit“We are honored to have been selected by the TPO and JEA in the roll out of the new ChargeWell program,” said Helda Rodriguez, NovaCharge president. “NovaCharge prides itself as an innovator and thought leader in EV charging solutions. We look forward to working with JEA and the selected sites to roll out the ChargeWell Network throughout the Jacksonville area.”

“We are looking forward to working with NovaCharge on the new ChargeWell initiative,” said Peter King, program manager, customer solutions, JEA.

The initial 27 site network in Jacksonville is only the beginning. In the future, the TPO will work with other utility companies to expand the ChargeWell network and provide electric vehicle drivers more opportunities to charge up in the region.

“We are excited to be working with NovaCharge on the launch of the ChargeWell network,” said Jeff Sheffield, executive director, North Florida TPO. “Expanding the EV network infrastructure promotes confidence within potential auto buyers. This is critical in promoting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”

About NovaCharge, LLC:
NovaCharge, LLC was founded in 2008 to address the need for a next-generation electric vehicle (E/V) charging infrastructure. As a leading provider of E/V networked and non-networked charging solutions, NovaCharge is dedicated to enabling a better environment for future generations by supporting a zero-emission transportation infrastructure, offering convenient, affordable, grid-friendly charging stations that enable access across both public and private locations. NovaCharge is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, and is a Certified Minority/Woman owned business.

Oldsmar Leads the Charge with Drive Electric Event

While its true that water and electricity normally don’t mix, an exception was made on Saturday in downtown Oldsmar.

Despite getting off to a wet start under ominous skies, the weather eventually broke, and steady crowds turned out for the city’s second annual Drive Electric Tampa Bay event.

Auto makers from Tesla to Toyota, BMW to Cadillac had electric and hybrid vehicles on display at the Oldsmar Public Library, and many people brought their own daily drivers to showcase along St. Petersburg Drive for the event that is one of only a handful of its kind in the greater Tampa Bay area.

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Gas Guzzlers, park here at your own risk

COCOA – Maybe the lot was full. Maybe you just wanted that particular spot. But either way, electric car owners view it as rather cold to park your gas guzzler in a spot designated for charging up their battery driven wheels.

They call the practice “ICEing,” and turn to “ICE shaming” those who do it — because often their only recourse is to put a flier on your window or snap a photo to post on social media.

When an electric car owner has been “ICEd,” that means an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle took up the charging station spot, leaving them on battery “fumes.” Icing is a major pet peeve in the world of electric car etiquette, but not all that shocking.

“It happens, especially when you have an unused charger,” said Britt Gross, director of advanced vehicle commercialization policy for General Motors, who was attending the opening of a new charging station at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

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University of Central Florida’s First Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Opens in Cocoa — Grand Opening and Ride and Drive Announced

COCOA, Fla., March 16, 2015 – Electric Vehicle drivers now have a place to charge up on the Space Coast in Cocoa. Located just two miles off State Road 528, otherwise known as the “Beachline,”—a main artery connecting Orlando to the Space Coast —the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is now home to a Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger and a dual Level 2 charger.

The grand opening of UCF’s re-charging facility at FSEC is scheduled for Friday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Nissan will be offering a Ride & Drive for the all-electric Nissan LEAF® from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A variety of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will also be on display. The public is invited to attend and participate in this special event.

Donated by Nissan North America, and provided by NovaCharge, a leading provider and integrator of EV charging solutions nationwide, the DC Fast Charger is a first for UCF, as well as the City of Cocoa.

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Temple Terrace Installs First Multi-Standard EV Charging Station

TEMPLE TERRACE, FL. – The fastest electric-vehicle charging station in Hillsborough County has been installed in Temple Terrace, allowing motorists to “charge up” in a matter of minutes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at the site of the charging station, located in the HART Park and Ride lot next to Temple Terrace City Hall, 11250 N. 56th St. Mayor Frank Chillura, members of the City Council and many other special guests will attend. The public is invited as well.

Electric vehicles are rapidly becoming more popular across the country, and as their popularity grows, EV charging stations are springing up to recharge them. Several Level II charging stations have been installed in Hillsborough County, but Temple Terrace boasts the first multi-standard Fast Charging station in the county. This Fast Charger can provide a full charge in 30 minutes or less, officials said.

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Faster chargers for electric cars are heading to Tampa Bay

TEMPLE TERRACE — Owners of electric vehicles, accustomed to spending five hours or so to recharge their cars, will soon have seven new fast-charging stations around the Tampa Bay area that can fill their cars and have them back on the road in 30 minutes or less.

Scores of electric vehicle chargers dot the landscape of the Tampa Bay area, but most of them are the slower models that take hours to recharge electric car batteries. The first of the Nissan Quick Chargers has been installed in the parking lot across from Temple Terrace City Hall, next to Outback Steakhouse, and is expected to be open for business next week.

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Charging Forward in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is preparing for electric vehicles by adding more charging stations!

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