As the world is shifting towards clean energy, many manufacturers and government entities have made electric vehicles a priority. Phoenix City Council recently approved an electric vehicle plan that aims to have 280,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
The plan includes city cars, trucks, buses, and other public vehicles to transition to clean energy. Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, who is leading the campaign, emphasized the importance of Phoenix being a leader in clean energy. Ansari stated, “I think the city needs to show this is possible and this is the direction we are moving in. This is better for the economy and air quality.”
The Electric Vehicle Plan
- 280,000 electric vehicles by 2030
- Infrastructure improvements for charging stations
- 3,500 charging stations to support the growing number of electric vehicles
- Goal of 200 electric vehicles for the city’s fleet
Problems With the Plan
- Development costs
- The lack of charging ports around the city
- How EV’s affect the power supply
- Whether the vehicle’s mileage range will be sufficient to meet their needs.
The Benefits of Moving Towards Clean Energy
Shifting from fossil fuel vehicles to electric vehicles comes with a variety of benefits. Here in Arizona, electric vehicles can travel in the HOV lanes without restriction. Owners of electric and hybrid vehicles receive a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 if the vehicle is 2010 or newer, contingent on the capacity of the vehicle’s battery. The Arizona Public Service (APS) Take Charge Program offers free EV charging equipment, installation and maintenance, and will cover any costs incurred from using the equipment.
Electric vehicles also help combat climate change and are better for the environment. Cities will save money on gas and maintenance for their vehicles, set a good example for their citizens, and most importantly, protect the environment.