EL MIRAGE, Ariz. – Four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were recently installed in front of the El Mirage Police Department facility at 12401 W. Cinnabar Ave. and are now available free to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. These Level 2 chargers can be used by any on-road passenger electric vehicle and provide 10 to 20 miles of range per hour plugged in and charging.
The environment-friendly charging stations are part of the “APS Take Charge AZ” pilot program in which APS owns, installs and maintains the stations while the City pays for the energy use.
“This is a significant step in upholding our environmental responsibilities that our residents and visitors deserve,” said El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo. “By providing sustainable resources and opportunities in our community, I am confident this will encourage people to consider using alternative options that will have a lasting impact for generations to come.”
The City applied to APS to become a participant in the clean energy pilot and will provide feedback regularly on the equipment, charging experience and other information relevant to the program.
“This partnership with APS touches on many of our City’s core values in providing outstanding service, demonstrating environmental stewardship and encouraging community engagement,” said El Mirage City Manager Crystal Dyches.
The plugs are monitored by APS to provide future insights into the long-term needs of EV owners and drivers.
“With the number of electric vehicles expected to grow exponentially in the state over the next 10 years, Take Charge AZ wants to make it easier for drivers to go electric by increasing access to charging stations in Arizona’s local communities,” said Daniel Haughton, APS’ Director of Customer to Grid Solutions. “We are proud to collaborate with the City of El Mirage and look forward to gathering feedback from our local leaders to improve the program and enhance the experience for drivers – all while working together towards a clean energy future.”
APS has partnered with many Arizona businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and multifamily communities to provide expanded access to EV charging. A total of 84 EV charging stations were installed in 2020 through the Take Charge AZ program. According to APS, approximately 35,000 electric vehicles are currently using Arizona’s roads.
Once the five-year period concludes, the City has the option of whether to take ownership of the plugs for continued use or have them removed.
For more information on the program: aps.com/takechargeaz
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