Time is running out to participate in electric vehicle discount program

The Nissan Leaf is among the electric vehicles offered at a deep discount.

In the City’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and keep Tacoma as green as possible, an electric vehicle discount program was launched this month in partnership with Tacoma Public Utilities. But time is running out to take advantage of this great deal – the program ends Friday, Nov. 30.

The point of the program is to lower the cost of purchasing or leasing an electric car or bike, offering a discount of up to $3,000 on the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle at participating dealerships (see sidebar). This is a pre-negotiated pricing program engages Tacoma dealerships and bike shops to deliver a no-hassle deal to interested buyers. You can save thousands of dollars on full battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and electric bicycles. When purchasing an electric vehicle, you will also receive a discount on selected home charging equipment through select manufacturers such as eMotorWerks.

Vehicle models included in the program are the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid models, MINI Cooper Countryman plug-in hybrid, Prius Prime, Ford Fusion Energi, and Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid.

According to City of Tacoma Sustainability Officer Kristin Lynett, this discount program is part of the environmental action plan adopted by Tacoma City Council in 2016.

“One of the targets is to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in the city. We have a goal of 2,000 registered by the end of 2020. Right now we’re at a little less than 900,” she said. “We heard that communities in other states did something similar and had pretty good success, so we thought that this would be good for drivers and something we can do that doesn’t cost the city anything.”

Lynett said the electric vehicle discount program is perfect for those who may be blocked by the initial cost of purchasing a car.

“One of the hurdles is that upfront cost, so even though monthly they’ll save tremendously on fuel and maintenance, it can still be a hurdle to buy a new car.”

Signing up to explore the program more fully comes with absolutely no obligation – you don’t have to buy anything and you don’t have to be a Tacoma resident. Get your discount confirmation at cityoftacoma.org/electricvehiclediscount. For more information, contact the City’s Sustainability Office at electricvehicles@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5571.

Community members interested in learning the basics can attend a free Electric Vehicle 101 workshop, the last of which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Wheelock branch of the Tacoma Public Library. The workshops will help attendees understand how EVs fit their lifestyle and budget, their impact on the environment, the experience of driving and charging an EV, and incentive and financing options.

Participating Car Dealerships and Available Vehicles

Tacoma Nissan
2018 Nissan Leaf S
2018 Nissan Leaf SV
2018 Nissan Leaf SL

BMW Northwest
2018 BMW i3
2018 BMW 530e
2018 BMW 530e xDrive
2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e

Northwest MINI
2019 MINI Countryman S E All 4 Plug-In Hybrid

Titus-Will Toyota
2018 Prius Prime Advance
2018 Prius Prime Premium
2018 Prius Prime Plus

Titus-Will Ford
2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE
2018 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

Participating Bike Dealerships and Available Bike Models

Old Town Bicycles
Specialized Turbo Vado
Specialized Turbo Como
Raleigh Electric Bikes

Tacoma Bike
Giant Amiti-E + 2
Giant Explore E + 3
Giant Explore E + 3 Stepthru
Giant Quick-E 2018
Lafree E + 1, Lafree E + 2

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