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501(c)3 for HPWC's

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by deonb, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. deonb

    deonb Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    Redmond, WA
    What do you guys think about forming a nationwide 501(c)3 to allow for donations and installations of HPWC's at commercial establishments? (Or does something like that already exists?)

    e.g. There is a 501(c)3 for Plug In North-Central Washington that's currently installing HPWC's and 90A L2 chargers:
    North Central Washington high amperage L2 Charging Project

    So would be great to be able to have such an organization nationwide.

    This would make it significantly easier to donate a HPWC, especially if you work in a company with corporate matching.

    So e.g. currently an HPWC is $1200.
    Corporate matching would bring it down to $600.
    After the tax deduction, the $600 drops to $400 out of pocket.

    Then there is also installation costs, with various state-wide incentives.

    I think in order for the system to really take of, if someone donates a sum for an entire HPWC + installation, the donor would have to be able to specify the approximate location of the charger.

    I imagine it being something like a web site, where you enter the details of the location, contact information etc., make a donation via credit card (or whatever form your company does donations in), and the 501(c)3 would buy the charger and arrange for payment of the installation. It can also be set up to allow for group donations to the same location, as well as general non-location-specific donations.

    I don't really have experience with 501(c)3's though. Is there anybody here that does? What are the pitfalls?
  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

    May 17, 2009
    Great idea don't forget maintence costs though. Needs to be some regular checking to make sure they work and someone to fix or replace broken EVSEs.
  3. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    :scared:Just don't call them "liberty or Freedom" charging or you'll never get approved! :scared: The IRS may even ask for a list of TMC members!!:scared: :scared:
  4. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Nov 10, 2011
    Well met.
  5. Bifff67

    Bifff67 Member

    Nov 2, 2011
    Northern Virginia

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