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April 13, 2023

State of EV Charging – Arizona

Electric vehicle (EV) ownership is on the rise in Arizona. To meet the rapidly increasing demand for EV charging options, local utility companies and the federal government now offer a multitude of rebate and incentive programs. These subsidies make installing EV chargers in multifamily communities and public areas easier and cheaper than ever before.

How are EV registrations trending in Arizona?

In 2022, Arizona had the 7th most EV registrations nationwide, trailing only California, Florida, Texas, Washington, New York, and New Jersey. The state had a whopping 41,000 EVs registered, up significantly from the years prior.

What rebate programs are available?

To meet the increased demand for EV charging, multiple local utilities, like Salt River Project and Tucson Electric Power, now offer rebate programs to subsidize the construction of public and private EV charging stations. Chargie may be able to utilize these rebates and incentives to cover up to 100% of the cost of EV installation and infrastructure for qualified buildings. These programs are first-come first-serve and available until all funding is fully subscribed.

Salt River Project

To help accommodate the rapidly growing EV market, SRP’s rebate program allocates up to $4,000 per charger for multifamily, government, school, and non-profit customers. $1,500 per charger for all other customers, such as commercial properties. The rebate program covers 50 chargers per customer per program year. Funding from this program applies to the purchase and installation of networked level 2 EV charging stations. Participating sites must be a current SRP electric customer.

Tucson Electric Power

Tucson Electric Power’s Smart EV Charging Program aims to help offset the cost of charging stations and infrastructure for electric vehicles at multifamily, non-profit and workplace properties to drive the adoption and implementation of clean energy technology. Allocation for multifamily and non-profit customers is up to $5,400 per charger. Workplaces receive $4,000 per charger. DAC Allocation for multifamily and non-profit customers is $9,000 per charger. Funding from this program also applies to the purchase and installation of networked level 3 fast chargers.

Is it hard to apply for an EV charger rebate?

Companies like Chargie make the process incredibly easy by doing all the work for you. A Chargie team member will submit the application for fund availability to reserve program funds. If confirmed, TEP or SRP will issue a pre-approval letter for rebate assurance. After Chargie completes a site design, secures building permits, and constructs and installs your EV charging station(s), they submit all required final documentation and ensure your rebate is applied to your project.

What else is happening in Arizona?

There are additional efforts underway when it comes to EV charging in Arizona. On August 23, 2022, Tucson’s Mayor and City Council approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code to ensure that new commercial development in Tucson is Electric Vehicle (EV) ready. According to the statement: “These new regulations would require all new commercial development, multi-family, office, and retail to include EV stations or outlets, as well as conduit to support future expansion of EV capacity.”

Additionally, Arizona anticipates applying to several federal grant programs including the Department of Transportation’s Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. In total, the program will provide grant recipients $2.5 billion in funding over five years for the installation of EV charging infrastructure in publicly accessible locations.

The rapid growth of electric vehicles in Arizona creates new opportunities for local fuel retailers as well. Companies like Circle K recently announced an expansion of their services to include high-speed EV charging. Traditional refueling stations do not view EV charging as a threat to their existence. Instead, they remain committed to serving drivers, regardless of what they use to power their vehicle.

Chargie’s Turnkey Solution

At Chargie, we specialize in finding the best programs to plug into to provide our clients with EV charging stations at little to no out-of-pocket costs. We handle everything from applying to the programs and submitting the required paperwork to installing the charging stations and providing ongoing maintenance and support. With Chargie, property owners get a truly turnkey partner, and drivers get simple, intuitive charging. Reach out to learn how much your property could save.