Valley utility Salt River Project, the city of Phoenix and others are joining together for a new initiative in hopes of spurring putting more electrification in the region’s transportation system.
The Transportation Electrification Activator is a cross-industry group aiming to have local agencies, cities and industry work together to determine the best approach to bringing in infrastructure and adoption of more vehicles running on electricity.
“As Phoenix works towards the ambitious transportation electrification goals and targets outlined in our 2021 Climate Action Plan, we understand how important it will be to work closely with cities, utilities and other partners to ensure we can achieve these goals together,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in a statement. “By accessing the excellent network the TE Activator has created, we can collaborate to reduce the number of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles on the road, which is the fastest way to achieve this profound level of change.”
Along with Phoenix, the cities of Mesa and Tempe also are involved in the project. Other partners are Arizona State University, the American Lung Association, Greenlots, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and Western Resource Advocates.
To be a member, a publicly stated goal related to group is required, and all founding members have either set or are in the process of setting such a goal.
“No individual organization can accomplish this outcome alone,” said Kelly Barr, SRP’s chief strategy, corporate services and sustainability executive, in a statement. “The concept for the TE Activator was envisioned by a community advisory group that reviewed SRP’s 2035 sustainability goals and identified a need for more cross-industry collaboration to achieve improved EV adoption in our state.”
The organizations and cities involved have substantial interest in reducing carbon emissions and improving the well-being of Arizonans. Strategies include empowering Arizona’s residents to take an active role in the transition to EVs, prioritizing high-use vehicles, deploying critical EV charging infrastructure, and ensuring the benefits are equitably shared across all communities.