University Of Utah Brings Back U Drive Electric Program −

University Of Utah Brings Back U Drive Electric Program

u_drive_electricThe University of Utah, in partnership with Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy, has brought back the “U Drive Electric” program — which provides discounts on various electric vehicle models to interested university community members, going by information posted on the university’s website recently. (Tip of the hat to “somms” on the forum.)

The discount program is active as of September 12th, and will run through October 31st. Taking a glance at the discounts, though, I’ll note that none of them seem all that substantial. The discount on the 2017 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) in particular, isn’t that great.

Here’s more from the university’s page on the matter: “This joint program is aimed at improving air quality and community health both today and for future generations. With almost 50 percent of Utah’s urban air pollution coming from tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles represent an important tool for improving air quality along the Wasatch Front.”

Continuing: “In round one of U Drive Electric in 2015, 76 electric vehicles were purchased in less than two months. This year, the program is expanding to include more options, with several additional dealers participating and with a new opportunity to purchase used electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. By maximizing the choices, you can find the best options that fit your needs.”

Those interested (who attend the university) can apparently find out more during meetings on the matter on campus. While the one on September 26th has obviously passed, there are still two more remaining: October 6, 5:30–7:00pm at the Sprague Library in the Library Meeting Room; and October 12, 5:30–7:00pm at Sorenson Unity Center Performance Theater.


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