At the start of the month, we told you about an almost too-good-to-miss deal from the state of Colorado, where the Drive Electric Northern Colorado initiative had managed to negotiate a massive $7,000 group-buy discount on the 2015 entry-level Nissan LEAF S. Combined with the generous $6,000 Colorado Tax Credit and $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, the deal reduced the effective price of a brand-new Nissan LEAF S to $10,623, making the Nissan LEAF S the cheapest electric car you can buy in Colorado by a long way.
Since we reported on the deal, the Nissan dealership DENC negotiated the deal with — Tynan’s Nissan in Aurora, Colorado — sold out of its inventory of 2015 Nissan LEAF S cars, and thus decided to extend the deal to the longer-range 2016 Nissan LEAF SV, offering the 107-mile longer-range electric car for $14,500 after incentives and savings.
Now, DENC has done it again, but this time with the BMW i3 electric car.
As Autobloggreen tells us, DENC had managed to negotiate a new group deal discount with The BMW Center in Loveland, Colorado to reduce the price of a 2015 BMW i3 electric car from its usual price of $44,444 to $38,444. Add in the usual Federal Tax Credit of $7,500 and up to $6,000 in Colorado Tax Credits, and the resulting net price is just $24,944. That, says DENC, is equivalent to a 44 percent price reduction off list price once all the credits and discounts have been applied, although we note that Colorado residents can look forward to the $7,5000 Federal Tax Credit and $6,000 Colorado EV Tax Credit regardless of their participation in the group buy or not.
In line with BMW’s usual package for electric car customers, the 2015 BMW i3 electric cars included in the deal come with the standard 8-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty, 4-year, 50,000-mile maintenance program, vehicle warranty, and 4-year, unlimited-mileage roadside assistance. There’s also the free use of a gasoline-powered BMW model for fourteen days per calendar year, perfect for those occasional longer-distance trips that lie beyond the practicality of DC quick charging networks.
While the overall cost of the BMW i3 is far more than the price at which DENC is able to nab you a 2016 Nissan LEAF SV, the saving being offered on the BMW i3 over normal list price is certainly something you shouldn’t scoff at.
While the 2016 Nissan LEAF SV wins on paper in terms of range, it is marketed as a mid-spec family hatchback. The BMW i3 meanwhile, is in the premium segment and comes with the trim and performance to match.
A community-wide initiative designed to encourage electric car adoption in the Northern Colorado region, DENC is a partnership between several different stakeholders keen to see electric vehicles succeed in the area. These include 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’s original bulk-buy discount on the 2015 Nissan LEAF S was intended for employees of companies who had signed up to that challenge.
The deals have proven so popular however that DENC realized the benefits of opening them up to the public as a way of encouraging Colorado residents to dump the pump for good.
It’s not clear how long these deals will continue, or indeed if DENC will be able to negotiate other deals when these ones have come to an end. But given its track record thus far, we’ve got to say that DENC certainly has when it takes when it comes to getting a great deal on a new electric car.
It’s just a shame that the deal is limited to one state…
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