TEP Offers New Incentives To Make Electric Car Ownership More Affordable | Economic news
Regulators have sought proposals for electric vehicles from TEP as well as Arizona Public Service Co., the largest state-regulated utility, as well as the state’s electric co-ops.
APS has filed a proposal to launch a $ 1.1 million pilot program to own and operate its own electric vehicle charging stations.
The leader of a local group of electric vehicle enthusiasts said the PET plan could help persuade more people to buy electric cars.
“Anything that could come up in the direction of incentives, I would love to,” said Dave Gebert, president of the Tucson Electric Vehicle Association, which has about 40 members, and owner of a 2015 Nissan Leaf plug-in electric vehicle.
But Gebert said he was wary of TEP’s dominance in the charging market.
“I’m on the fence about this – in 10 years is TEP a competitor that I want to see in the market, with its deep pockets and regulated monopoly?” Gebert said. “Right now, I would like to see everyone in the market, to make it easier to buy electric vehicles, but what will that lead to? “
Robert Bulechek, an energy efficiency consultant at Tucson and owner of Leaf, said he supported incentives for the adoption of electric vehicles, citing the benefits of zero tailpipe emissions, with Tucson scoring several days at high ozone content over the past year.
Bulechek, which has wired its own 240-volt home charging system, said the proposed incentive to install home charging systems – 75% of the cost up to $ 500 – will cover much of the cost. costs for homeowners with main electrical circuit boxes in or near their homes. garages, although for others, the cost of running a new circuit might be closer to $ 2,000.