This National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, APS is offering special rebates on smart electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, EV charging programs and information on how to maximize energy bill savings. EV drivers benefit from lower maintenance expenses, zero gasoline costs and help improve air quality by decreasing emissions from transportation.
“From trucks to sedans, major car manufacturers are making EVs more affordable and accessible for buyers. Many of our customers are deciding whether an EV makes sense for them. We’re here to help with smart, money-saving ways to charge EVs and we offer special rebates for the latest home EV chargers,” said Traci Stooks-Dermer, APS Vice President of Customer Technology and Operations.
Be a Savvy EV Shopper
Before going to the dealership, visit APS Cars Marketplace at cars.aps.com to easily browse car models. Customers can compare gas-powered cars to EVs, view different EV models, see total cost of ownership and check out financial incentives. Customers can also stop by select dealerships in APS service territory to use new ChargeWay informational kiosks and learn more about EV ownership and charging costs. Dealership locations are available at aps.com/ev.
APS customers can purchase a qualifying Level 2 EV smart charger and receive a $250 rebate. A Level 2 smart EV charger can help you learn information about your charging— making it easier to charge your vehicle according to your lifestyle and rate plan.
Tips to Charge Your EV and Save Money
Once you bring your EV home, it’s time to start charging and saving – on gas and your APS bill. EV drivers typically save an average of 60% on fuel costs. To get the most out of your charge, APS recommends customers:
- Avoid at-home charging during on-peak hours if on the Time-of-Use (TOU) 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Weekdays rate plan or the Time-of-Use 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Weekdays with Demand Charge rate plan to save the most money on energy bills. Customers on these two plans can save even more money by charging during winter super off-peak rates weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (November-April bills.)
- Charge during the off-peak hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when solar power is most abundant on the APS grid and overnight from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. when energy demands are lower.
- Program home charging stations or EVs to schedule their charge. Many EVs or wi-fi enabled home chargers offer this capability.
The APS SmartCharge program helps customers earn up to $85 per year by viewing their EV’s charging stats through a personalized online dashboard and sharing this data with APS to learn more about customer needs. For more information about the SmartCharge program, visit smartchargerewards.com/aps
EV Charging at Your Business
The APS Take Charge AZ program offers business customers Level 2 EV charging stations and covers the cost of equipment, installation and maintenance. On the path to powering homes and business with 100% clean energy, APS has installed more than 600 Level 2 EV charging ports at businesses, municipalities, schools and nonprofits and is making charging infrastructure more accessible.
For drivers hitting the road for longer trips, APS is installing DC Fast Chargers capable of charging a vehicle battery in as little as 20 minutes in the communities of Globe, Payson, Prescott and Sedona. The first APS DC fast charging station at Show Low City Hall is up and running. Interested customers can learn more about the program at aps.com/TakeChargeAZ