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EV 101.

Introduction to Electric Vehicles (EVs)​

Here are the basics. EVs use electric motors that are powered by energy stored in batteries. Some run solely on electricity called Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or all-electric while others use a combination of an electric motor and a traditional

gasoline-powered internal combustion engine called Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). All EVs produce fewer emissions than conventional vehicles. 

Types of EVs

EV Types

There are many benefits to using an electric vehicle over a traditional gasoline powered vehicle. 

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Why Buy an EV?

There are many benefits of purchasing an EV. Not only are they the way of the future, they have real impact right now. Check out the benefits below.


Environmental Benefits

  • No direct green house gas emissions

  • Electricity provides lower amounts of indirect emissions than gas

  • Reduction of harmful emissions results in better air quality and lower lung-related health impacts

  • Significant decrease in sound pollution 

  • EVs produce 54% less carbon pollution than gas-powered vehicles over the vehicles lifetime

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

  • Save hundreds to thousands of dollars on fuel with EVs

  • Fewer internal moving parts = less maintenance including no oil changes, timing belt replacements, transmission fluid, spark plugs, or emissions checks

  • 2033 projections estimate a 93% cost reduction in lithium-ion batteries 

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Use the below Vehicle Cost Calculator provided by the Alternative Fuel Data Center for a cost savings estimation. 

For more information on cost savings provided by your utility company select your  provider below. 


  • Instant torque and a very smooth ride

  • All-electric models have no gas engines to cause vibrations and noise

  • Average driving range has increased 15% every year since 2011

  • Convert 80% of stored battery power to vehicle motion,     gas-powered vehicles only use 15%


Convenience Charging

  • An estimated 80% of charging happens at home 

  • Most EV models take less than 8 hours to fully charge

  • Unaffected by rising gas prices 

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To learn more about charging including how to get a charger installed at your home, setting up your workplace charging infrastructure, transitioning your fleet, or to simply locate the nearest public charger near you, select from the options below. 

EV Selection

Got Questions?


Find an EV

  • EVs provide a broad range of practicality, luxury, and performance 

  • New varieties of hatchbacks, sports cars, SUVs, trucks and sport utility models are continuously hitting the market 

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Select your utility service provider below to see the EVs available in your area and find one that is best for you.  

Energy Independence

  • EVs use locally generated electricity, not imported oil - U.S. spends $1 billion per day on foreign oil

  • Electricity generation uses a diverse mix of domestic sources, with only 1%    coming from oil 

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Economic Development

  • EV demand increases = more opportunities for research & development, manufacturing, electrical contracting, and green tourism 

  • Arizona has seen an increase in EV auto production and adoption of commercial EV fleets 


Power Sustainability

  • EVs strengthen the electric power grid by aiding the integration of renewable energy 

  • EV charging practices help to manage the grids peak demand 

  • Optimization of energy efficiency 

  • Potential for vehicle-to-grid applications

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Incentives & Rebates

  • There are local and Federal incentives and rebates available to assist with the overall cost savings of driving electric. 

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Check out our FAQ PDF document for more information on all things EV! 

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