First Electric Vehicle Chargers on Public Streets for National Plugin Day

Sept. 27, 2013

National Plugin Day LogoCommunity leaders gathered  today at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix to celebrate National Plug In Day, a day dedicated to educating the public about the widespread availability and benefits of electric vehicles (EV’s). Representatives from APS, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the Arizona Diamondbacks and the City of Phoenix spoke about the economic and air quality benefits of electric vehicles.  

Throughout the weekend of September 28 - 29, 2013, events in more than 90 cities across the U.S., including Phoenix and Tucson, will celebrate the third-annual National Plug In Day. Electric vehicles already are beginning to play an important role in diversifying the fuels that our nation uses for transportation—away from reliance on foreign oil and toward cleaner fuels that keep our dollars at home.

“National Plug In Day provides an opportunity to remind Arizonans that electric cars provide real benefits: fuel savings, cleaner air, use of carpool lanes and independence from imported oil,” said Will Toor, Director of Transportation Programs, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.

A recent study commissioned by SWEEP on the economic and air quality benefits of electric vehicles in Phoenix and Arizona found that EV drivers will save from $700 to $1,400 each year in fuel costs, depending on driving habits. Some of these savings are spent locally and help boost the economy.

The study also found that electric vehicles help to improve air quality and reduce pollution-related illnesses like asthma because they reduce emissions significantly.

“Phoenix was the first city in Arizona to offer more electric vehicle charging stations, and we’re leading the way to promote a sustainable future,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “This is an industry of opportunity and growth, and it is showing that doing well and doing good go hand in hand.”

There are 518 charging stations located within the Phoenix area. Through a partnership between the City of Phoenix and APS, the charging stations across from Chase Field are free to the public through the pilot program.

The event took place under the APS Solar Pavilion at Chase Field, which supplies power to the EV charging stations directly across the street from Chase Field. APS and the D-Backs are proud partners in this Solar Pavilion, which has 336 solar panels and generates approximately 100,000 kWh a year. That amount of energy would enable an electric vehicle to drive around the globe 12 times or from Phoenix to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY more than 125 times.

“APS is very fortunate to have partners like Mayor Greg Stanton and the D-Backs to help us achieve our goal of providing clean, safe and reliable energy to our customers, as well as having advocates like SWEEP, who raise public awareness about electric vehicles,” said Jeff Guldner, APS Senior Vice President, Customers and Regulation.

“The D-backs are proud to partner with APS on numerous initiatives, including today’s effort to encourage people to purchase vehicles that use alternative energy sources,” said D-backs Legend Luis Gonzalez.

“Sustainability is important to the D-backs and we are constantly researching ways that we can become more energy efficient. The APS Solar Pavilion and charging stations located at Chase Field are a great place to start to educate our fans on ways they can adopt energy-efficient practices at home.”

The event concluded with opportunities to ride with the owners of all-electric vehicles and learn about their cars, including Teslas, a Ford Focus EV and Nissan LEAF.

Media Contacts:

Jordan Karem, APS
Katie Krause, D-Backs
Suzanne Pletcher, SWEEP
Tammy Vo, City of Phoenix