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Fort Collins is again working with Northern Colorado Clean Cities and other partners on an electric vehicle group buy, giving Coloradans the opportunity to save thousands of dollars on a range of electric vehicles purchased through November.
The pre-negotiated group buy includes discounts on several models, including up to $12,000 off a 2020 Chevy Bolt, $22,000 off a 2020 Nissan LEAF, $12,000 off a 2020 Kia Niro and $9,500 off a 2020 BMW X3 30E. The discounts are in addition to state and federal tax credits available for EVs.
Last year’s group buy coordinated the sale of 60 EVs, according to Northern Colorado Clean Cities.
The program, returning to the area for the fifth time, is part of a city effort to encourage residents to switch to electric vehicles. Fort Collins is hoping to boost adoption of electric vehicles in the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, which made up about 19% of the community’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. The city is trying to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, with benchmark goals of reducing emissions by 20% of 2005 levels by 2020 and 80% of 2005 levels by 2030.
The city also is working toward a goal of 50% of new vehicle purchases being electric cars by 2030, which would mean about 116,000 electric vehicles on the roads. The number of EVs in Larimer County has been slowly increasing, from 1,913 in 2018 to 2,333 as of September 2020.
Colorado ranked fourth in the country for sales of electric vehicles in 2018, at 1.82% of total auto sales, according to Auto Alliance, an advocacy group for the auto industry. In Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Larimer and Boulder counties, electric vehicle sales were 4.13% of total sales in 2018.
Learn more about the group buy at northerncocleancities.org.
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