Energize Your Ride

Electric vehicles (EVs) drive powerful environmental and economic benefits for you and our community, including:

Zero tailpipe emissions

Reduced carbon footprint

Lower fuel and maintenance costs

Is an EV right for me?

Electric vehicles (EVs) can reduce your fuel and maintenance costs while shrinking your carbon footprint. But as they say: your mileage may vary.

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2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
2022 Hyundai Kona Gasoline
$34,000
Base Price
$27,780
$7,500*
Federal Tax Credit
$0
$26,500
Effective Price
$27,780
Maintenance & Operation Costs
$66
Cost to Fuel (Monthly)
$151
$24
Registration Fees (Annual)
$355
3,077 miles
Range per $100
829 miles
Environmental Benefits
10,045 lbs. of CO₂
Estimated Carbon Emissions (over 5 years)
32,665 lbs. of CO₂
69%
Estimated Carbon Reduction
0%

* Tax credit amount could be reduced as more EVs are sold. For more details, visit  https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml.

Fuel and mileage estimates based on 15,000 miles driven/year, an average price of $3.50/gallon and the Basic electric rate of $0.12/kWH with no EV rate discounts used. The 2022 Hyundai Kona Gasoline averages 28 miles per gallon.

EV Benefits and Incentives

Benefitting your wallet and the environment

Federal tax credits

Owners may qualify for federal tax credits of up to $7,500 for the purchase of a new plug-in EV.

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No emissions testing

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State tax incentives

State tax incentives also are available, including reduced vehicle license tax.

HOV lane

With a special Alternative Fuel Vehicle license plate, you can use the HOV freeway lanes at any time, regardless of the number of passengers.

Extended battery warranties

Several manufacturers of plug-in vehicles offer 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranties.

Up to a $500 rebate on a home charger

TEP residential customers who purchase a Level 2 charger can claim a rebate of up to $500.

"Once someone has purchased an EV, they're pretty much hooked"

J.D. Power, Jan. 2022

EV Rebates

Claim a rebate from TEP of up to $500 on EV chargers.

TEP residential customers who purchase a Level 2 charger with one-way or two-way communications* can claim a rebate of up to $500, depending on the amperage of the charger:

  • $200 for less than 30 amps
  • $300 for 30 to 49 amps
  • $500 for 50 or more amps

The rebate will be issued as a credit on the customer's TEP account. A maximum of two incentives are allowed per premises for each charger purchased for home use with a highway-approved battery electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

*A two-way communicating charger allows the utility (or a third party) to connect to the charger to manage charging and collect charging data to assist with grid optimization.

To qualify for the TEP rebate, residents must:

  • Be a current TEP customer.
  • Purchase a new Level 2 or higher EVC in this calendar year. Rebates are not offered on used or refurbished chargers.
  • Provide proof of purchase that includes the charger serial and model number.
  • Use a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan for a minimum of two years.
  • The product must be purchased from a local retailer, the TEP Marketplace or an online retailer, not to include eBay or other resale sites, that ships the item to the customer’s service address in TEP’s territory.
  • The charger must be installed at the customer’s TEP service address.

NOTE: Net-metering customers are excluded from being required to use a TOU plan if they purchase a two-way communicating charger. Net metering customers with a one-way communicating charger must use a TOU plan.

Customers agree to allow a TEP representative to enter their home to verify a qualified charger has been installed that meets program requirements.

Rebates apply to chargers installed during the current calendar year of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Incentives are subject to the availability of funding. This program is subject to change or expire without notice. Full rebate details are available on the Electric Vehicle Charger Program Application Form.

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Commercial Customers

Are you looking to energize your fleet or provide charging infrastructure for your employees or customers? TEP's Smart EV Charging Program offers incentives as well as technical support to commercial businesses, multi-family complexes and nonprofit customers that purchase and install EV charging ports at their location.

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Just sitting in an EV causes drivers to be significantly more likely to consider buying one.

Why does this matter? Compared to people who have never been in an EV, purchase consideration is three times higher among people who've sat in one.
Source: J.D. Power

Rates for EV Owners

TEP offers different pricing plans for owners of battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Under these plans, residential customers can reduce their energy bills by charging their EV during super off-peak hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily and shifting the majority of their energy usage to off-peak hours.

Super Off-Peak Time-of-Use Electric Vehicle Plan

Low energy charges most of the day, on weekends and on major holidays, but higher rates during on-peak hours when customers typically use the most energy.

Super Off-Peak Demand Time-of-Use Electric Vehicle Plan

Lower off-peak rates with on-peak rates and a "demand" charge based on your highest individual hour of usage during on-peak periods.

Discounts on other Time-of-Use Plans

EV owners who participate in our Time-of-Use or Demand Time-of-Use pricing plans can receive a 5-percent reduction on their Base Power and Purchased Power and Fuel Adjustment Clause charges during off-peak periods.

Charging Your EV

Before you purchase an EV, learn about the three types of chargers and how long it might take for you to charge your vehicle.

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Level 1

  • 120-volt (V) plug and can be plugged in to a standard wall outlet. Most plug-in EVs come with this type of charging equipment.
  • 2-5 miles of range for each hour of charging.
  • Most often used at home.
  • Typically used to charge their vehicles at home overnight.

 

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Level 2

  • Electric vehicles can be charged with a 240V plug, typically used in homes.
  • 10-60 miles of range for each hour of charging.
  • These units can fully charge an electric car battery in as little as 2 hours, making them a good choice for both homeowners and businesses.
  • Overall home charging satisfaction is highest among EV owners who install a Level 2 permanently mounted charging station.
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Level 3

  • Direct-current (DC) fast-charging equipment typically found along corridors with heavy traffic and other public locations.
  • DC rapid chargers use a 480V connection to provide 60-100 miles of range for each 20-minute charge.
  • These chargers require highly specialized equipment to install and maintain and typically are only used in commercial and industrial applications.

Note: Before purchasing an EV charger for your home, you may need to consult an electrical contractor to determine if your home's electrical system needs any modifications. The type of charging system you should install will depend on the type of vehicle you choose. Installation of higher-voltage systems may require permitting and upgrades to your home's electrical facilities.

Charging On the Go

Charging your EV when you're away from home is easy

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How do EVs work?

EVs look just like other vehicles, except they use a battery to store electric energy that powers the motor. Some EVs can drive more than 300 miles on a single charge, meaning you could drive from Tucson to Flagstaff without stopping.