Electric car

Electric Vehicles

Energize your ride

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

  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Lower user fuel and maintenance costs
  • Cleaner air
  • Quieter operation

How TEP supports EVs

TEP is playing a key role in driving the development of new infrastructure to support EV adoption in the commercial and residential markets. Our support includes:

  • Public outreach and education about EV technology
  • The electrification of passenger vehicles in TEP’s fleet, including light and heavy duty trucks as the appropriate technology becomes available
  • Partnerships with the City of Tucson Police Department and Sun Tran public transit system to provide infrastructure support for their pilot programs to electrify their fleets
  • Sponsorship of new electric shuttles that will serve visitors to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
  • Participation in Arizona Corporation Commission workshops to develop EV policy and programs
  • Engagement with other utilities and transportation providers to develop a statewide EV charging network along our state highways

EV Incentive Programs

Electric Discounts

TEP residential customers who own and operate a highway-approved plug-in EV can receive a 5-percent reduction on their Base Power and Purchased Power and Fuel Adjustment Clause charges during off-peak time periods if they participate in our Time-of-Use or Demand Time-of-Use pricing plans. The customer of record must submit a copy of the vehicle's registration to qualify for the discount.

Home Electric Vehicle Chargers (EVC) Rebates

TEP residential customers can claim a rebate covering up to 75 percent of the cost of installing an EVC. The rebate is up to $500 for a qualified two-way communicating EVC or up to $250 for a one-way, non-communicating EVC. The incentive will be issued as a credit on a qualifying customer’s TEP account. One incentive per EVC per highway-approved battery electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is allowed.

To receive the EVC rebate, TEP customers must:

  • Install a Level 2 or higher EVC
  • Provide proof of purchase and installation of the EVC along with the EVC serial and model numbers
  • Use a licensed installer and provide proof that the work was properly permitted
  • Provide a copy of the EV registration during the TEP representative’s site visit
  • Agree to use and remain on a TEP Time-of-Use pricing plan for at least two years
  • The property owner must allow a TEP representative to enter the home to verify program requirements are met

For more information and to apply for an EVC rebate*, click here to download the Electric Vehicle Charger Program Application Form.

In the near future, TEP also plans to offer incentives for homebuilders that pre-install electric wiring to accommodate qualifying EV charging stations and new discounted rates for EV owners that encourage them to charge their EVs overnight.

* This rebate applies to EVCs installed on or after Feb. 20, 2019. 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.

Other EV benefits and incentives

In Arizona, EVs are exempt from all emissions testing requirements. Once you have an Alternative Fuel Vehicle license plate, you can use the HOV freeway lanes at any time, regardless of the number of passengers.

State tax incentives also are available, including reduced vehicle license tax. EV owners also may qualify for federal tax credits of up to $7,500 for the purchase of a new plug-in EV.

Fuel is a lot less expensive, too. In Arizona, charging an EV is about a third of the cost of fueling a traditional gasoline vehicle.

How EVs work

EVs look just like other vehicles, except they use a battery to store electric energy that powers the motor.

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.