Arizona’s two largest utilities expand EV charging programs

EV Charging

EV Connect yesterday announced that it is collaborating with two of Arizona’s largest utilities to deliver EV charging infrastructure. In separate agreements, Salt River Project (SRP) in Phoenix and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) in Tucson have selected EV Connect as one of the partners eligible to provide EV network and charging management for 750 new electric vehicle chargers for the public, at workplaces and at multi-unit dwelling properties.

Under each of the programs, EV Connect will provide charging hardware, installation and operations support resources and its open-standards-based EV charging network management platform. Participants can select from a range of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) from multiple hardware manufacturers, which can then be centrally managed and monitored with charge station analytics using EV Connect. EV Connect also complies with the OpenADR standard, required for future DR (demand response) programs.

TEP provides energy to approximately 429,000 customers in Southern Arizona. It’s Smart EV Charging Program is administered for TEP by CLEAResult.

“Our Smart EV Charging Program offers incentives as well as technical support to help businesses, multi-family complexes, and nonprofit organizations add EV charging ports, and companies like EV Connect will be instrumental to making this effort a success,” said Ted Burhans, Director of Emerging Technology and Innovation at TEP.

“The TEP program includes $3.2 million in incentives to offset up to 85% of the installation costs, and our target is to install a combination of 350 Level-2 and DC fast charging ports over the next two years. We are pleased to be among the first in Arizona to leverage this partnership with EV Connect.”

Utility Salt River Project serves over one million customers in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The SRP Business EV Charger Rebate program is administered by consulting and digital services provider, ICF.

“We are thrilled to put our extensive experience in the deployment and management of EV charging infrastructure to work for charging site owners across Arizona,” said Jordan Ramer, chief executive officer at EV Connect. “These charging programs will allow SRP and TEP customers to accelerate the state’s journey towards using electricity as a transportation fuel and reduce tailpipe emissions. We look forward to providing Arizona a comprehensive EV charging management solution that is backed up with premium customer service, from installation to driver support.”

EV Connect customers include Avista Utilities, Love’s Travel Stops, Verizon, Marriott, Hilton, Western Digital, Electrify America, ADP, New York Power Authority, and numerous municipalities.

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