Sunday, May 19, 2024

From the Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance, Nov. 3, 2016: Drivers can buy or lease electric cars at significant discounts through a program offered through Feb. 28 by the nonprofit Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance, known as Mass Energy.

The program, Drive Green with Mass Energy, is possible because Mass Energy has negotiated discounts with more than 15 dealers throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The available cars will include the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi. A waiting list will be set up for the new Chevrolet Bolt, which should be available by the end of 2017.

Each can dramatically reduce a driver’s carbon footprint. In addition, Mass Energy said, running a car on electricity costs less than gasoline, and electric cars are less expensive to maintain than a car fueled by gas.

According to Mass Energy, discounts on purchase prices for the listed vehicles will be up to $10,000 below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price and are in addition to a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and a state rebate of up to $2,500. Taken together, the purchase price will be up to $20,000 less than the MSRP.

“These are quality cars with high customer satisfaction ratings. The range has improved in recent years and the cost has come down. We want to make it clear that these EVs, with the incentives offered by our participating dealers, are affordable for the middle class right now. The dealers participating in Drive Green with Mass Energy are ready to work with customers and explain the technology,” said Larry Chretien, Mass Energy’s executive director.

Consumers interested in buying or leasing one of the vehicles and wanting the discount must sign up for test drives via the program’s Web page. The site has details on the prices offered by the participating dealers, information about electric cars and links to helpful resources.