The car companies are ramping up their electric and hybrid vehicle programs to meet federal mandates. As a result, both lawmakers and consumers are wondering how this is going to affect them and how they can address future needs.
In 2012, consumers had a choice of nine electric or hybrid vehicles from which to choose. Fast forward to today, and there are almost a hundred. But, by 2025, automakers plan to have at least 260 options. So, the electric car game is changing, and Arizonians should expect to change with it.
Roads? Who needs roads?
Because the road tax is structured around gas tax, the one percent of Arizonians who own electric and hybrid vehicles aren’t paying their share. Lawmakers are concerned, especially since electric cars are on the verge of storming the auto market. The cash for road infrastructure will have to come from other sources as gas-driven vehicles dwindle. Individual taxes for electric vehicle users aren’t popular, either. Eventually, this will need to be addressed.
EV workplace charger
Meanwhile, if your company is a customer in good standing, SRP is offering business owners the chance to cash in. If your company is an SRP customer and installs a Level 2 EV charging port, they are offering a $500 rebate to help defer the cost, which is generally between $500 and $6500. There is a limit of 12 rebates per business, as well. (APS has a ‘Take Charge Arizona program which is similar.)
Businesses can offer this as a way of rewarding their environmentally prudent employees and customers while enacting progressive sustainability options. EV charging stations will come in handy as more companies are opting to make their fleet electric, as well. Given the sheer number of electric and hybrid options set to flood the market, taking advantage of this offer seems like a prudent option.
Charging on the road
Here in Arizona, you can park that EV in a space designated for carpools and designated spaces in places like shopping centers and government buildings. There are also free charging stations at several locations throughout the Valley.
For those who hit the road, the Department of Energy maintains a map of charging stations which can be accessed through their websites. While conditions for traveling in an electric vehicle still aren’t ideal, they’re improving. Plans are underway to create an EV infrastructure to meet what is sure to be substantial demand.
If you’re considering installing an EV charging station for your business or even at home, talk to your electrician. We can help!
Zimmerman Electric is here to serve your residential and commercial electrical needs throughout the Phoenix Valley metro area. Call us today if you need electrical work performed 602-497-3365.