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April 20, 2023

The State of EV Charging in Utah

EV Registrations Are on the Rise in Utah

The state of Utah has seen significant growth in electric vehicle (EV) registration over the past few years. According to the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, Utah boasts over 16,500 EV registrations – up from just 8,000 in 2019. However, as the number of EVs on Utah roads continues to grow, the availability and accessibility of EV charging infrastructure remains a key concern for many Utah residents.

Electric Vehicle Readiness Ordinance in Salt Lake City

On April 4, 2023, Salt Lake City’s City Council voted to adopt an electric vehicle readiness update to the Off-Street Parking Ordinance. This updates Salt Lake City’s regulations to include requirements for electric vehicle ready (EV-ready) infrastructure for multifamily properties. According to the City, this includes:

  • Provide a minimum of 20% EV-ready parking spaces installed on-site.
  • EV-ready parking spaces shall have electrical conduit and sufficient electrical capacity for the future use of a minimum 200-volt electric vehicle charging station. “EV-ready” parking spaces do not require an installed charging station.
  • The EV-ready requirement is in addition to the existing EVSE-related requirement of 1 electric vehicle charging station per 25 required parking spaces for multi-family properties.

According to Utah Clean Energy’s Senior Associate of Electrification, Kelbe Goupil: “We applaud Salt Lake City for its leadership in bringing more equitable access to EV charging. We hope to see other local governments across Utah deploy similar ordinances, giving more Utahns the option to ditch their tailpipe for cleaner, healthier EV options.”

Rebate Programs Incentivize EV Charger Installation

Studies show that most EV charging happens at home and work. Local electric utility, Rocky Mountain Power, offers generous cash rebates for the installation of EV chargers at multifamily and commercial properties in Utah. Properties can apply for up to $1,500 for a Level 2 charger and up to $42,000 in funding for a Level 3 DC fast charger. If you’re interested in applying for a rebate through Rocky Mountain Power, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Chargers can be single or multi-port hardware. Funding is lower for single port units.
  • All hardware must be on Rocky Mountain Power’s approved charger list.
  • Funding is limited and is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Funds are allocated for the installation of all hardware, wiring, conduit, etc. from the utility meter to the location the EV chargers will be installed.

Get Started with Chargie EV Charging Stations

With over 15,000 EV charging stations installed, we’re experts at installing and operating EV chargers in multifamily communities. Multifamily properties have specific needs for charging station installations, and Chargie helps you navigate those needs. We handle the entire process, from a site survey to designing your charging stations to completing the physical installation. We’ll even take care of finding and applying for available local rebates and incentives. We’ll maximize every program your property qualifies for to help offset hardware and installation costs, often completely eliminating them. If you’re ready to get started, reach out to us today.