City teams up with local car dealer to promote electric vehicles

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COLORADO SPRINGS -- In an effort to promote sustainable transportation options in Colorado Springs, the City’s Office of Innovation & Sustainability has sought out local car dealers to provide incentives for residents to purchase electric vehicles.

Currently, Nissan is extending its offer of $3,000 off the 2018 Nissan LEAF to Colorado Springs residents through September. Additionally, residents can receive a potential federal tax incentive for up to $7,500 and a Colorado state tax incentive of $5,000.

“We’re excited to be able to offer Colorado Springs residents this opportunity to buy an electric vehicle at a greatly reduced price” said Innovation and Sustainability Manager Ryan Trujillo. “Our hope is that if someone is in the market for a new car, they will consider a more environmentally friendly option, and this is a way we can help make that option more affordable.”

Plug-in electric vehicles can save owners money on fuel costs, maintenance costs and reduce emissions that are harmful to the environment. The 2018 Nissan LEAF has a range of 150 miles on one charge.  Colorado is a leader in the the EV economy, with the state government planning an extensive fast-charging network of stations throughout the state.

Residents interested in the program must provide a flyer found on the City’s website at ColoradoSprings.gov/EV and proof of residence (car registration, utility bill, mortgage, lease, or rental contract) to a participating Nissan dealership.

Other car dealers have been invited to join in the incentive program and are welcome to participate by emailing scotta@springsgov.com.