by Jeannine Parisi, EWEB Public Affairs
Over 50 people attended recent workshops to learn more about transitioning to an electric vehicle and the new rEV Up Eugene discount program. The presentations discuss both the environmental benefits of EV ownership and potential cost savings. Electric vehicles are cheaper to operate because they are virtually maintenance free and because electricity is a less expensive fuel source than gasoline. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for the cost of a gallon of gas, you can drive 113 miles in an electric vehicle compared to under 30 miles in a gas-powered car. Put another way, the average local driver could save about $850 in fuel costs per year.
People who attend the workshop can then take advantage of a steep discount being offered at Lithia Nissan on the 2016 LEAF. The pre-negotiated group discount and federal tax credit will take about $15k off the sticker price of the car. Plus, EWEB is now offering a $200 incentive towards the purchase of a qualifying all-electric vehicle through the end of the year.
Still, EVs aren’t for everyone. If you want to learn more and possibly take advantage of this program, go to www.DriveOregon.org/EugeneEV to register for an upcoming workshop. The rEV Up Eugene program is available to any area resident that has completed the workshop.