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U Drive Electric Extended through November 30th


Our winter time inversion season is here, but this year Utah will have more clean, electric cars on the road that are helping to improve our air quality through the U Drive Electric program. The University of Utah’s U Drive Electric program has facilitated the sale of 92 electric and plug-in-hybrid cars in the last six weeks. Due to the popularity of the program, U Drive Electric has been extended through Nov. 30, 2016. The program is offered through a collaboration between the university, Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy.

“U Drive Electric has inspired many within the Salt Lake City community to become owners of cost-effective, clean air vehicles,” stated Mayor Jackie Biskupski.  “We enthusiastically support extending this program through November, particularly with the winter inversion season upon us and the need to get more people into cleaner vehicles.  This is program complements the City’s other air quality initiatives, including adding more public EV charging stations this winter.”

U Drive Electric includes seven participating car dealers along the Wasatch Front that are offering discounts from 3 to 25 percent off, making electric cars accessible and affordable to a much broader range of households. The program is available to members of the U community, including faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as anyone who has been a visitor or guest at a university event. In addition, the program is available to Salt Lake City residents and individuals who regularly work, conduct business in or visit Salt Lake City.

To offer this incentive, the University of Utah Sustainability Office is coordinating with Salt Lake City and partnering with Utah Clean Energy, a nonprofit, public interest organization that works to drive the transition to a clean energy future. This program is enabled by generous grants from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and Patagonia Outlet of Salt Lake City.

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