Utah has been making significant strides in promoting electric vehicle (EV) adoption by offering a range of incentives and programs aimed at making EVs more accessible and appealing to both individuals and businesses. With a growing awareness of the environmental benefits and cost savings associated with electric vehicles, the state is taking proactive steps to support this transition.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) EVSE Incentive Program
One of the key initiatives driving EV adoption is the Utah DEQ’s EVSE Incentive Program. This program is designed to encourage businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities to invest in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). By offering reimbursement for a substantial portion of the purchase and installation costs, the DEQ aims to expand the state’s EV charging infrastructure significantly.
Through this program, entities can receive grants that cover up to 50% of the expenses related to pre-approved EVSE projects with a $75,000 maximum reimbursable amount for businesses and non-profit organizations. This includes both Level 2 charging stations, suitable for workplaces and public areas, and DC fast charging stations, capable of providing rapid charging for electric vehicles. Expenses that won’t qualify for reimbursement encompass operational costs, warranty fees, expenses related to cloud service or networking, permit fees, bonds, engineering and design charges, real estate acquisition or rental costs for EVSE, capital outlays (such as constructing buildings or parking facilities), and routine maintenance expenses.
Rocky Mountain Power’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (EVIP)
Rocky Mountain Power, a major utility provider in Utah, is also playing a vital role in advancing EV adoption through its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (EVIP). This plan is focused on making EV charging accessible and cost-effective for both residential and non-residential customers.
Non-residential customers, including businesses and multi-unit dwellings (MUDs), can benefit significantly from the EVIP. Rocky Mountain Power offers rebates covering up to 75% of the total equipment and installation costs for Level 2 and DC Fast Charger stations. This financial support is instrumental in encouraging more property owners and businesses to invest in EV charging infrastructure.
Furthermore, Rocky Mountain Power is not just limiting its support to rebates. They are also assisting with upfront costs related to electrical infrastructure and the installation of EV projects. This comprehensive approach ensures that the barriers to entry for adopting EV charging solutions are minimized, making it easier for Utah residents and businesses to embrace electric vehicles.
For those interested in Rocky Mountain Power’s custom incentives, it’s important to note that application deadlines are quarterly, falling on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. This schedule provides multiple opportunities throughout the year for customers to take advantage of the program.
Utah’s commitment to electric vehicles is evident through these robust incentives and programs, and the state is on a path to becoming more electric vehicle-friendly. By supporting the growth of EV charging infrastructure, Utah is not only reducing emissions but also providing economic benefits to its residents and businesses while contributing to a more sustainable future.