May 11, 2024 - Real Estate

Home EV chargers are hot commodities in D.C.

Bar chart showing the share of EV-friendly home listings on in 2023. San Jose, Calif. led the way with 4.9 percent of listings. San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Calif., San Diego, Riverside, Calif., Honolulu and Austin rounded out the rest of top metros.
Data:, Cox Automotive; Note: Among 100 biggest metro areas; Chart: Axios Visuals

Homes with electric vehicle chargers could hold greater resale value in D.C. as more car buyers make the switch, chief economist Danielle Hale says.

Why it matters: Access to at-home EV charging is a rare and increasingly desirable amenity.

Between the lines: Home chargers are often more convenient than public ones, and faster than charging cables that come with most EVs.

State of play: The District offers up to $1,000 in tax credits to help cover the cost of installation, which can cost upwards of $2,00–$3,000. It can be paired with the federal tax credit.

What they're saying: Christopher Magaha, who lives in Columbia, Maryland, says being able to leave home on a full charge is one of the biggest perks to charging at home.

  • Charles Williams II installed a charger at his Congress Heights home back in 2022. He's only had to use a public charger twice since then.
  • Gavin Wright in Oak Hill is a recent EV owner and says if he was unable to install an at-home charge, he never would have made the switch.

The intrigue: Some Washingtonians are buying homes together and sharing an at-home charging station. Arlington residents Greg and Jackie Smith head to their son's house about once a week to charge up. The setup serves multiple cars, Greg tells us.

Yes, but: You've got time to install that charger. EV adoption hasn't been swift, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

The big picture: A small but growing share (0.9%) of U.S. homes listed on in 2023 were described as EV-friendly, up from 0.1% five years earlier, according to the company's and Cox Automotive's report.

Note: Cox Automotive's parent company, Cox Enterprises, also owns Axios.


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