Electric Vehicle Project

Vehicle emissions are the main contributor to poor air quality in Phoenix and Tucson, and more gasoline-powered cars on the roads means more tailpipe emissions contribute to air pollutionTo help those who want to improve air quality by switching from gas to electric, ADEQ is collaborating with manufacturers that are providing rebates for the purchase of new electric vehicles. As part of this collaborative effort, Phoenix and Tucson drivers who paid for emissions testing in the last two years may qualify for a rebate up to $3500 off a new Nissan LEAF® | Learn How to Get a Rebate >

What are some of the benefits of owning an electric vehicle? 

  • Better for local air quality
  • Costs savings over time on fuel, maintenance and registration fees
  • Lower charging costs during off-peak hours with some electric utility plans
  • Possible federal tax credit consult a tax or legal professional to determine eligibility
  • No emissions testing requirement
  • No oil changes
  • HOV qualification in some areas, even with a single occupant
  • Carpool parking qualification in some lots

What are electric vehicles and how do they work?

Electric vehicles function much like any other car or truck, but they have an electric motor instead of a gas engine.  So, a large battery pack, rather than a gas tank, powers electric vehicles, which must be plugged into a charging station or a wall outlet so they can operate. Since electric vehicles do not use fuel, they emit no exhaust and do not have fuel pumps or fuel lines.

How do I charge my electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles can be charged at either public or home charging stations. To find a charging station near you, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website | Search > 

How long does it take to charge my electric vehicle?

Charging time depends upon the level of charger. 

  • Level 1 chargers provide power through a 120 V AC plug (such as a regular outlet in your home) and provide about 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging. 
  • Level 2 chargers provide power through a 240 V AC plug (such as the outlet for your dryer). Level 2 chargers can provide about 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging. 
  • DC Fast Chargers are what are most widely used in public charging stations. DC Fast Chargers can provide about 60 to 80 miles of range in 20 minutes of charging.

How far can electric vehicles drive once charged?

It varies depending on terrain and energy requirements, but the average electric vehicle range for 2018 models has been around 125 miles. Some models, however, have a greater range.

How long do electric vehicle batteries last?

Electric vehicle batteries are designed to operate for a long time, and often manufacturers provide a battery warranty up to 10 years. Laboratory testing suggests these batteries can last between 8 and 15 years, depending upon the climate.