By Maritza Dominguez | Arizona Republic
As electric vehicle ownership rises, Mesa is looking to light the spark on new infrastructure to power those cars.
Nearly 3,200 Mesa residents and more than 40,000 Arizonans drive electric vehicles, according to data from the city. The state also ranks sixth in the nation for the number of electric vehicles driven per 1,000 residents.
Where those EV drivers charge is a growing challenge, so the city is in the early efforts of developing a communitywide electric vehicle adoption master plan.
It’s a two-part effort. It’s also a part of the climate action plan the city updated a year ago.
Part of the plan outlines the city’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The city laid out the strategy to build out “transportation networks” such as electric vehicle charging stations.