For as long as there have been electric cars on the road to buy, the mile-high city of Denver Colorado — and the state of Colorado — have been known for their supportive attitudes towards electric vehicles.
For years now, residents of Colorado with large enough tax liabilities have been able to write off to $13,500 of the purchase price of a new electric car against their taxes thanks to a generous $6,000 state tax credit for electric cars offered alongside the standard $7,500 Federal tax credit.
Combined, these credits can dramatically reduce the cost of buying a new electric car, making a new electric car far more financially viable in some cases than a comparable internal combustion engine one.
But now a new deal being offered by Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) offers to reduce the price of a new electric car even further, slashing the effective price of a brand-new Nissan LEAF electric car to just $10,623 after incentives and discounts.
A community-wide initiative designed to help encourage electric car adoption in the Northern Colorado region, DENC is a partnership between the Electrification Coalition, the City of Fort Collins, the City of Loveland and Colorado State University. Responsible for the Northern Colorado Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging Challenge — which encourages companies in the area to pledge their support for electric cars by installing charging infrastructure at their offices for employees and visitors to use — DENC managed to recently secure a massive bulk-buy discount on the Nissan LEAF, specifically for employees of Northern Colorado Workplace Charging partners.
But the scheme has proven so popular that DENC opened up the group-purchase program to the general public on Friday, bringing this unbelievably good purchase deal to anyone who happens to live in the state.
As with any discounted deal, there are some caveats to this particular bargain. First of all, you’ll need to actually live in Colorado, a fact that we’re sure those reading this will have already expected. Secondly, you have until the end of the year to sign up for the discounted LEAF. After that, you’ll be back to paying the full list price, minus usual tax credits.
And that $10,623 list price? That’s for a 2015 (not 2016) Nissan LEAF S with quick charge package. Nissan’s entry-level LEAF, the 2015 Nissan LEAF S lacks the remote telematics of the Nissan LEAF SV and SL, as well as the larger 30 kilowatt-hour battery pack of the 2016 Nissan LEAF SV and SL
While there is a charge timer and climate control timer, you’ll also not be able to operate them remotely as you can with higher-trim models, while a resistive-based heater will mean you’ll certainly lose range in the winter compared to a higher-end LEAF with advanced heat pump.
Since the program is being carried out in partnership with a Northern Colorado Nissan LEAF dealer however, we’re guessing would-be LEAF customers will be able to pick a higher-spec LEAF at the time of purchase — assuming they pay the extra costs, of course.
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