LANCASTER — “I don’t know of another city in the world, where, if you want an electric vehicle, come get one,” Mayor R. Rex Parris said as Lancaster Choice Energy launched its first Ready, Set, Charge! electric vehicle incentive program Monday morning.
The program is designed to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles while helping reduce local gas emissions. In combination with local support from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, participating Lancaster Auto Mall dealers and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson, qualified customers have the opportunity to claim up to $17,000 in instant savings, rebates and tax credits.
Lancaster Choice Energy is offering up to $250,000 in vouchers through the Ready, Set, Charge! program. Current qualified LCE customers will receive a voucher valued up to $3,000 in instant savings off the purchase of a new all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, or $1,500 off a lease from a list of qualifying vehicles at participating dealerships. The AV Air Quality District will also offer $1,000 to Ready, Set, Charge! participants. Qualified low-moderate income participants will receive an additional $1,500.
“I want to remind everyone the AVAQMD is still giving $1,000 to the electric program to all residents, and we’re giving $500 if you buy it out of town,” Vice Mayor Marvin Crist, who also serves as chairman of AV Air Quality Management District’s governing Board, said. “With this incentive from the City we’re putting the money back into the community … and that’s where it belongs.”
In addition to the local incentives from Lancaster Choice Energy and AV Air Quality Management District, up to $11,000 can be claimed in local and state incentive programs. Federal tax credits may also apply and vary by make and model. Details are available from each dealer.
The participating dealers are Toyota of Lancaster, Antelope Valley Chevrolet, H.W. Hunter, Antelope Valley Subaru, Honda Lancaster and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson.
Qualifying vehicles include the Toyota Prius Prime, Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. There is even an electric vehicle for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Harley-Davidson LIVEWIRE.
“It’s been great to partner with LCE on a program that is sure to have a profound positive impact on Lancaster and its residents,” Lou Gonzales, owner of Antelope Valley Chevrolet, said. “I’m excited to see even more electric and hybrid Chevys on the road today.”
In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Lancaster a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award. The Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also honored Parris as the Green Power Leader of the Year.
“It’s really been the staff that figured out a way to do this and did the creative math,” he said. “… Now we’re almost, when you factor in the fuel costs, we’re giving away cars. What city does that? But you’ve got to take advantage of it. Trust me, this will be the best thing you ever did.”
LCE customers must apply for a voucher online or visit the utility’s office at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave. The purchase or lease of a qualifying new all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle from a participating dealer is required.
The program started Monday and runs through Dec. 31, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. For details visit LancasterChoiceEnergy.com