New Analysis Reveals Electric Vehicles Can Save Arizonans Up to $24,900 Compared to Gas-Powered Cars Over 10 Years

Today, Environmental Defense Fund and WSP, in partnership with Climate Power,  released a new analysis that found many popular and widely anticipated electric vehicles (EVs) offer  Arizona consumers thousands of dollars in lifetime cost savings. The analysis looked at net purchase cost  of the vehicle, fuel costs, insurance costs, and maintenance costs over 10 years, using Arizona specific  data, and found cost savings as high as $24,900 when comparing the cost of Ford’s F-150 Lightning EV  with the gasoline-powered Ford F-150. 

“Electric vehicles represent a win-win for Arizonans,” said Climate Power’s Saumya Narechania, States  Managing Director. “For too long, skyrocketing gas prices have lined the pockets of fossil fuel executives  while American families pay the price at the pump. Electric vehicles are better for our environment and  public health, and they’re becoming more affordable and accessible by the day.”  

“Consumers want choices and to save money. Those are powerful driving forces in today’s  marketplace,” said Ellen Robo, manager of transportation and clean air policy at Environmental Defense  Fund. “Electric vehicles are offering just that as they pass their gas-powered counterparts on total cost  of ownership thanks to rapidly declining costs, generous cash-in-hand rebates from the Inflation  Reduction Act and lower fuel and maintenance costs. Buyers want the freedom to choose the vehicle  that’s right for them and EVs are proving to be the smart, cost-effective choice in states across the U.S.” 

EDF’s analysis also found that there are 37 EV models available for less than $48,000, the average  purchase price of a new car last year, and 10 EV models available for less than $35,000. Electric vehicles  represent more than a cost-saving opportunity for Arizona: they’re also bringing 9,700 new good-paying  jobs and $9.7 billion in economic investment to the state, 78% of the investments announced since  January 2021.

The Inflation Reduction Act is helping ensure that electric vehicles are at the core of the made-in America manufacturing boom by requiring that EVs be assembled in North America in order to qualify  for new vehicle consumer tax credits. And it’s working: 39% more electric vehicles were manufactured in  North American factories in the first quarter of 2023 than the first quarter of 2022.