Last updated: December 19, 2023

The future of transportation is electric, and the District of Columbia is taking impressive strides to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) within its boundaries. Recognizing the environmental and economic benefits of EVs, the District has implemented a range of incentives to make EV ownership more attractive and accessible.

NEVI Formula Funding Program

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program for the fiscal year 2024. Set to release the Request for Application (RFA) on March 29, 2024, DDOT invites proposals from organizations, businesses, or property owners to design, build, operate, and maintain Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations. The NEVI program aims to invest $16.7 million over five years in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and DCFC stations, strategically placed along federally designated electric vehicle Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) in the District of Columbia. The DDOT is prioritizing corridor-pending AFCs, aiming to ensure a comprehensive coverage of EVSE and DCFC stations. To learn more about this exciting initiative and explore potential opportunities, visit The deadline for application submission is May 24, 2024. This significant step not only contributes to the growth of EV infrastructure but also aligns with the District’s commitment to nondiscrimination, promoting equal access and opportunity for all.

Income tax credit for EV charging stations

One of the most significant incentives offered by the District of Columbia is the Income Tax Credit, which provides a compelling reason for businesses and individuals to invest in EV  charging infrastructure. Under this program, participants can receive a tax credit equivalent to 50% of the equipment and labor costs, with a cap of up to $10,000. This credit is directly linked to the purchase and installation of qualified public EV charging stations.

This initiative serves multiple purposes. Not only does it encourage the expansion of public charging infrastructure, but it also promotes local economic growth by stimulating demand for EV charging equipment and associated labor. By lowering the financial barrier for businesses and organizations to invest in charging stations, the District of Columbia is fostering a more sustainable and electric-friendly ecosystem.

Partnering for Progress: Pepco Public Charging Make-Ready Program

In addition to the Income Tax Credit, the Pepco Public Charging Make-Ready Program is a shining example of the District’s commitment to creating a robust network of public charging options. This program seeks partnerships with organizations willing to host EV charging stations, thereby enhancing the accessibility of charging options for EV owners. The program is particularly noteworthy for its inclusivity, as it encompasses both Level II Smart chargers and DC Fast Chargers.

The initiative’s emphasis on public charging stations reflects the District’s forward-thinking approach. By strategically placing charging stations across the city, the program addresses a common concern among potential EV buyers—the availability of convenient charging options. This, in turn, helps alleviate range anxiety and accelerates the transition to electric mobility.

Benefits beyond the plug

Beyond the immediate benefits of these incentives, the District of Columbia’s approach to EV charging serves as a model for other regions aiming to create an EV-friendly environment. By incentivizing the installation of charging infrastructure, the District is setting the stage for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved air quality, and decreased dependence on fossil fuels. Moreover, these initiatives stimulate local economic growth by creating jobs in the EV industry and fostering innovation in the clean energy sector.

As the world grapples with the challenges posed by climate change and the need for sustainable transportation solutions, the District of Columbia is showcasing the potential of smart policies to drive positive change. The combination of the Income Tax Credit and the Pepco Public Charging Make-Ready Program demonstrates a holistic approach to electric mobility—one that addresses both the technological and infrastructural aspects of EV adoption.

In conclusion, the District of Columbia’s EV charging incentives are not only boosting the adoption of electric vehicles but also setting an example for other regions to follow suit. With these forward-looking policies in place, the District is electrifying its transportation sector while laying the groundwork for a cleaner, greener future. As we navigate the road ahead, it’s clear that the District of Columbia is charging forward towards a more sustainable and electrified tomorrow.


Ivelina Kadiri

Policy Compliance Manager

About the author

Ivelina is a trend-seeking policy compliance manager who skillfully navigates complex regulatory landscapes and bridges the gap between sustainable transportation goals and actionable implementation.