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September 18 2023

Want to save money? Take back your time? Possibly increase the value of your home? 

And even make your first step into the future of home electrification?

Then it sounds like it’s time for you to invest in Level 2 charging at home so you can start enjoying a faster, more affordable, and greener electric vehicle (EV) charge. 

 And chances are, your state will help you do just that with rebates and other incentives! 

Welcome to the Arizona edition of our series on electric vehicle rebates by state. In the guide, you’ll find the best benefits Arizona currently has to offer for EV owners and drivers — from state-wide creative parking incentives to utility-backed electricity discounts. 

And if you’re interested in electric vehicle and charger rebates in other U.S. states or general information about home electrification, bookmark the Kopperfield blog or subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Arizona electric vehicle incentives

Interestingly, Arizona doesn’t offer incentives in the form of monetary rebates. Instead, Arizona offers a handful of exemptions to EV drivers. Let’s dive into those now.

Zero emission vehicle emissions text exemption

Annual emissions testing is not necessary for registered electric, hydrogen, and solar vehicles in Arizona. What a time saver! 

Note that Arizona considers alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) those that run on: 

  • Electricity 
  • Solar
  • Hydrogen
  • Natural gas — either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
  • A blend of 70% alternative fuel + 30% gasoline

However, if your vehicle has been converted to alternative fuel, you do need an initial inspection to receive an Alternative Fuel Certificate. 

Check out Arizona Department of Transportation’s website for more details on how they treat alternative fuel vehicles.

AFV reduced licensed tax

AFVs purchased before the end of 2022 can enjoy a reduced license tax in the state of Arizona. 

Note that the statute has been revised so that vehicles registered in 2023 and beyond are assessed using the same tax formula as traditional vehicles. Any AFV with a reduced license tax will go back to traditional license tax rates if the vehicle registration changes — ownership switch, addition owner added, etc. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s website has more info if this ruling impacts you. And if you want to check out the revised statute, those live here.

HOV lane exemption

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) permits certified AFVs — with an AFV license plate! — to use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, no matter the number of people in the vehicle. 

Note that this exemption is set to run out in September 2025, so take advantage while you can. 

AFV parking incentive

In another creative move from the state of Arizona comes this parking incentive. Under this statute, anyone driving an AFV that runs on alternative fuel can park in spots reserved for carpoolers without incurring any penalties.

In high-traffic areas like Phoenix and Tucson this could be a huge benefit.

Arizona utilities with rebates for electric vehicles and more

Several utility providers in Arizona also offer a variety of discounts to motivate drivers to go electric. 

Mohave Electric Cooperative Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate

At the Mohave Electric Cooperative, the Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate plan provides discounts for the installation of EV charging points as well as storage batteries. 

Residential EV chargers must be level 2 or higher, programmable, and used during off-peak hours to be eligible for a rebate — which could be as high as $1,000 for each charger. 

Tucson Electric Power Charger Rebate

Tucson Electric Power offers a rebate of up to $500 to residential customers who buy a level 2 electric car charger. The amount depends on the amperage of the charger. 

The customer's account will be credited with the rebate and can be used toward future electricity expenses. Learn more on the company’s EV Charger Rebates page.

Arizona Public Service EV Smart Charger Rebate & SmartCharge

The EV Smart Charger Rebate from Arizona Public Service (APS) offers a $250 rebate on the purchase of a level 2 smart charger, which you can shop for via their marketplace

Additionally, EV owners can earn points (worth up to $85 per year) when they enroll in APS SmartCharge. This program collects EV charging data that the utility then uses to create and improve EV-focused offerings.  

Salt River Project's EV Community and Rebate

Salt River Project (SRP) is a non-profit company offering residents in central Arizona access to reasonably-priced water and electricity. And they provide several programs to this end that focus on electric vehicles. 

As part of the SRP Electric Vehicle Community, customers get access to exclusive initiatives and offers, as well as a $50 credit toward their electric bill. This community is pivotal in shaping SRP’s evolving EV programming and rates.  

Moreover, customers who purchased eligible level 2 EV chargers after January 1, 2022, can receive a rebate. And with the SRP Electric Vehicle Price Plan, customers can save an average of 8.6% annually on their electric bill when they charge during super off-peak hours: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Federal rebates for electric vehicles and chargers

In the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 offers taxpayers a tax credit worth up to $7,500 in value for the purchase of an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid. New vehicles may be eligible for the full $7,500, but note that the requirements and rebate amount varies between 2023 and any years previous — so read the details carefully. 

Used vehicle purchasers may be able to score a credit equal to 30% of the sale price, up to $4,000. And for a home EV charger purchase and install, tax payers in rural or low-income communities may qualify for a tax credit up to 30% of the cost, or $1,000.  

Want to find out if you qualify? These IRS resources have everything you need to know:

A new proposal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury may make tax credits for new and used EVs more accessible by turning them into point-of-sale discounts. Keep following our blog to stay on top of developments here.

Take advantage of rebates and enjoy a professional EV charger install

We have made an effort to cover all state-level and utility-provided discounts that are available throughout Arizona’s biggest markets as of this writing.

If you’re getting ready to purchase an EV and/or install your at-home charger, we also advise inquiring about any incentives with your local government and utility company. 

Need help figuring out which benefits you’re eligible for and navigating complex permitting requirements? Kopperfield is here to help. 

Just visit our website to request a quote. In one business day a qualified electrician within our network will provide a quote complete with details on available discounts, permitting costs, and everything else you need to know.

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