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U Launches Electric Car Discount Program

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Andrea Smardon | KUER

The University of Utah is hoping to reduce its emissions by targeting commuters. The U launched a program Monday to help community members buy electric cars at a cheaper price.

It’s called U Drive Electric. Employees, students, or anyone connected to the university can purchase or lease electric vehicles at a discount of 5 to 20 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Myron Wilson is the U’s Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer.

“We did a pretty extensive study of how the U could improve our own emissions, and one of the biggest components was commuters driving to the U, and so we’re looking for programs to help reduce those emissions,” Wilson says.

There are three participating car dealers: Larry H. Miller Ford Lincoln in Sandy, Tim Dahle Nissan and BMW – both in Murray. The discounts are available for multiple makes and models, including plug-in hybrids. Sarah Wright is Executive Director of Utah Clean Energy, a partner in the project. She says this is the first in the nation bulk purchase of electric vehicles for a university. (…)

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