Sonoma Clean Power Launches EV Incentive Program
As a follow up to last year’s Electric Vehicle Incentive pilot program, which saw 206 customers purchase or lease steeply discounted electric vehicles, phase two of Sonoma Clean Power’s Drive EverGreen program will run from August 8th to October 31st, 2017.
In keeping with SCP’s commitment to reducing emissions from cars, the agency has negotiated significant discounts on nine models of electric vehicles at seven local dealerships. SCP is also offering additional incentives of their own, with a bonus incentive for low income-qualified customers, and free home chargers.
SCP’s Board of Directors recently approved an additional incentive available to Transportation Network Company drivers (such as Uber and Lyft) who use electric vehicles. The incentive will be available for “fare miles”, meaning miles driven for a customer. More details will be available on that incentive soon.
“We were encouraged by the strong interest we had in the program last year,” said Board Chair, Bruce Okrepkie. “We are thrilled to be able to expand the program to our newest customers in Mendocino County this year,” added Okrepkie.
In response to information that over half of Sonoma County’s emissions are transportation related, SCP felt compelled to develop a customer program aimed at getting more EVs on our roads. “In our first year of serving customers, we reduced electricity-related emissions by half, compared to PG&E,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “We knew we could do even more by promoting electric cars and charging them with clean, renewable energy,” Syphers added.
To apply, people need to get a certificate verifying they are SCP customers at DriveEV.org. Once approved, customers learn the amount of incentives they are qualified for and are welcome to proceed with negotiating a purchase or lease of a qualified EV from one of the participating dealerships.
“There’s no guarantee how much longer federal rebates up to $7,500 will be available on new EVs,” said SCP’s Director of Programs, Cordel Stillman. “This program is too good to pass up for anyone even remotely interested in the benefits of driving an EV.”
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit public agency, which is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP provides cleaner energy at competitive rates and promotes local solutions to climate change.
For more information on the Drive EverGreen program, visit DriveEV.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.