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Zero Electric Vehicles Partners with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to Help Fight Carbon Emissions

When a car is ready for the junkyard, Zero Electric Vehicles (ZEV) steps in to install efficient electric vehicle technology to prolong the car’s life – it’s a game changer. 

Based in Arizona, ZEV strives to be the worldwide leader in electrification for light- and medium-duty fleet vehicles. With their powertrain (batteries and drive motor) configuration and rapid conversion turnaround of existing fleet vehicles, ZEV is quickly building the foundation needed to become a globally adopted brand. The company also educates customers about the infrastructure and fleet services they need to transform fleet operations to meet sustainability goals. ZEV’s central focus is tapping into the existing automotive and mobility ecosystem to support fleets through their journey to electriciation. The company believes in lowering the cost to entry and making electric vehicles accessible by embracing inclusive strategies for partnerships and open technology standards. 

All these strategies make ZEV the perfect player to team up with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC).

SRPMIC is represented by two distinct Native American tribes; the Akimel O’odham (River People), more commonly known as the Pima and the Xalychidom Piipaash (People Who Live Toward the Water) known to many as the Maricopa; both share the same cultural values, but maintain their own unique traditions. Over 10,000 individuals are currently enrolled Salt River tribe members. SCPMIC is located off the Pima 101 Freeway and borders Tempe, Fountain Hills and Mesa. 

The Community owns and operates several successful enterprises including Salt River Materials Group, Scottsdale AutoShow, and Saddleback Communications and hospitality enterprises: Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which are all within the Talking Stick Entertainment District (TSED), on the western border of the Community.  

SRPMIC sees the value in building a sustainable environment and is passionate about working with local technology innovators to bring low-cost solutions to commercial fleets. To that end, SRPMIC has joined forces with ZEV to help fight carbon emissions in the SRPMIC and throughout the Valley by installing ZEV’s electric car technology into SRPMIC vehicles.

“I’m excited to be a part of a team that introduces electric vehicles to this great community. It’s important to be part of a solution that helps reduce [our] carbon footprint and provide clean air to breathe,”David Crownover, the director of SRPMIC Transportation said. 

The SRPMIC Department of Transportation and ZEV conducted a complete fleet assessment by evaluating operations, vehicle-use cases, routes, loads and HVAC requirements. The results from the assessment will help SRPMIC define infrastructure for charging the vehicles, areas on routes where rapid chargers can be placed, and other power requirements, including the option for solar-powered daytime charging. They are additionally working with the Salt River Project (SRP) to determine the charging infrastructure and other incentives to reduce installation costs. 

“ZEV is honored to be working with SRPMIC, we are at the ground level of transforming vehicle operations to eliminate all carbon emissions. We are fully committed to the Salt River Indian Community and their goals to significantly reduce carbon emissions. ZEV is excited to be working at the ground level and sees more and more commercial fleets making the move to electric,” Jay Ennesser, ZEV senior vice president of sales said.

After the assessment, ZEV will deliver a full warranty on the new electric powertrain, along with vehicle services to support and optimize vehicle operations through a robust fleet management service.

“The SRPMIC Department of Transportation is taking a mindful approach to establishing a dynamic Fleet Electrical Program,” Tonya Glass, SRPMIC fleet vehicle specialist said. “The success of DOT Electrification Program is based on a collaborative effort among our internal customers, local innovators, and subject matter experts in the field of sustainability and technology. It is an exciting time to contribute to the environmental sustainability of the Community.”


If you are interested in connecting with ZEV in the community, come see their Electric Vehicle event with Barrett Jackson at the Sci-Tech Festival on Jan. 22-23. SciTech Institute is the Arizona Technology Council’s sister nonprofit focused on supporting Arizona’s future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workforce. ZEV is looking to connect with organizations in the electric vehicle industry regarding a unique opportunity to showcase STEM in the future of the automotive industry at this season’s Barrett Jackson. 

ZEV will have a grand opening on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at their new103,000-square foot space on 565 E. Germann Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85297. (855) 546-ZERO Visit www.zeroevcorp.com


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