Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in Fountain Hills.
Dedicated AFVs qualify for an AFV special license plate, which are available from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Recognized alternative fuels are propane, natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen. There is no limit to the number of AFV license plates ADOT can issue. For more information, see the ADOT AFV website.In addition, certain plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are eligible for the Energy Efficient license plate from ADOT. ADOT has reached its maximum limit of 10,000 vehicles and the issuance of Energy Efficient license plates to new program participants has been suspended until further notice (verified May 2019). For more information, including how to apply, see the ADOT Energy Efficient Plate Program website.(Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 28-2416 and 28-2416.01)
All-electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, and current model year propane and natural gas vehicles registered for the first time in Arizona are not required to complete emissions testing. This exemption does not apply after the first registration year. All AFVs, with the exception of electric, solar, and hydrogen vehicles, used to commute into Phoenix or Tucson, are required to be emissions tested before they are registered. For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website. (Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 49-542 and 49-542.05)
The vehicle license tax for an AFV registered in Arizona is $4 for every $100 in assessed value. The minimum amount of the annual AFV license tax is $5. AFV assessed values are determined as follows:
For the purpose of this tax, AFVs include those powered exclusively by propane, natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, or a blend of hydrogen with propane or natural gas. For more information, see the ADOT AFV website. The reduced alternative fuel vehicle license tax does not apply to any vehicle purchased on or after December 31, 2022.
An individual driving a dedicated AFV may park without penalty in parking areas that are designated for carpool operators, provided the vehicle is using alternative fuel. Recognized alternative fuels include propane, natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, and a blend of hydrogen with propane or natural gas. (Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 28-877)
NEVs may not operate at speeds greater than 25 miles per hour (mph). An NEV may not operate on a roadway with a speed limit greater than 35 mph, except to cross that roadway. NEVs must display a notice of the operational restrictions (either painted or otherwise permanently attached) on the vehicle in a location that is in clear view of the driver. (Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 28-966 and 28-2157)
An individual is not allowed to stop, stand, or park a motor vehicle within any parking space specifically designated for parking and charging EVs unless the motor vehicle is an EV and has been issued an alternative fuel vehicle special plate or sticker. A person who is found responsible for a violation may be subject to a civil penalty of at least $350. (Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 28-876)
A registered AFV must display an AFV license plate. State or agency directors who conduct activities of a confidential nature and use AFVs are exempt from the requirement to display an AFV special license plate. The Arizona Department of Transportation has the authority to issue regular plates to AFVs used by law enforcement agencies and the federal government. Recognized alternative fuels include propane, natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, and a blend of hydrogen with propane or natural gas. (Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 28-2416 and 28-2511)
Arizona use taxes do not apply to natural gas or propane used in an AFV, AFVs converted to operate on an alternative fuels, or the equipment used to convert a diesel vehicle to an AFV. Recognized alternative fuels include propane, natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, and a blend of hydrogen with propane or natural gas. (Reference Arizona Revised Statutes 42-5159)
SRP offers a time-of-use (TOU) electricity rate for customers with a qualified PEV. The TOU rate is for the super off-peak hours between 11pm and 5am daily. Participation is subject to certain equipment availability and other restrictions. For more information, see the SRP Electric Vehicle Price Plan website.
TEP offers a discounted residential service time-of-use (TOU) rate during off-peak periods to customers who own and operate a PEV. The discount is a 5% reduction to applicable charges during the off-peak period. Eligible customers must provide documentation for a highway-approved PEV and submit a copy of the PEV's registration annually. For more information, including the application, see the TEP TOU website.
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