EV Promotion & Discounts

Special Discounts for those from the University of California, Santa Barbara
Some manufacturers (Nissan, Ford, BMW, Mercedes, and Smart) are now offering the UCSB community special pricing on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

Cash Back, Tax Credits and Carpool Lane Access
These vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions so our State and Federal Governments offer cash back, tax credits and access to HOV/Carpool lanes for those who purchase or lease all new BEV or some of the PHEV. See a list of incentives for each specific vehicle listed here.

There also is a Southern California Edison program that offers $450 on New, Used or Leased Plug In Electric Vehicles https://www.scecleanfuel.com  

For those in our campus community considering the purchase of a new electric vehicle we would like to call your attention to a special promotions being offered by Nissan and BMW, available to all staff, faculty students, alumni, emeriti/retirees of UCSB.

Please Note: these listings are offered as a courtesy and all promotions and details are subject to change.

BMW i3 and i8

BMW of Santa Barbara i3 i8 promotional plug-in lease pricing for UCSB staff, faculty students, alumni, emeriti/retirees can be seen here. "Currently" with an Electric vehicle lease the $7,500 from the Federal Tax Credit automatically gets included in the lease rate shown and the $1,500 State of California Clean Vehicle Rebate can be used to reimburse you for a portion of the down payment. You may also view other i3 and i8 purchase and lease specials and use code: NEPP3616 The Regents of the University of California

Eligible i3 owners can sign up for BMW’s Chargenow Program that will include 30-minute free DC fast charging and 1 hour free Level 2 charging at all EVgo charge points. This offer has to  be redeemed by signing up before 12/31/18 and is good for 24 months. BMW Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Range Extender (REX) don’t qualify for this offer. However, there are reportedly other plans available within the Chargenow Program. Please See https://www.chargenowusa.com/ for details.


Is offering $500 toward the purchase or lease of and electric vehicle for UC Faculty, Staff, Students, Retirees and perhaps Alumni...Please see this Purchase Promotion Flyer... Plus, there are also special UC Electric vehicle lease rates available through at least January 2018...Please see this Ford EV Lease Promotion Flyer for more information on Ford Plug-In Lease options. 


Smart and Mercedes will soon also offer specially discounted fleet pricing on plug-in electric vehicles to those from UCSB: TBA --> Soon ...Please check back to this page for updates.


Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) Have Fewer Moving Parts
BEVs have fewer moving parts to maintain when compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines.

NO more fill ups at gas stations
NO smog checks
NO Serpentine Belts or Timing Belts
NO Spark Plugs and NO Tune Ups
NO mufflers and NO tail pipe
NO motor oil changes
NO brake replacement likely ever needed

Charging options away from home 

In addition to EV charging resources in UCSB parking lots 10, 18, 22 and 60 you may also find additional EV charging resources through PlugShare or EVmatch.

  • PlugShare shows various networks and private EV charging options including "FREE" charging options. 
  • EVmatch shows private households that allow the public to charge for a fee.

Both of the services listed above have smartphone apps


Imagine plugging in your car when not in use, much like a mobile phone or laptop, and getting nearly 100 miles per gallon equivalent…With a switch to super off-peak time-of-use metering (10 p.m. – 8 a.m.) you can charge your vehicle, when the power company has extra capacity, for approximately $1.50 per gallon equivalent.


Learn @ Lunch
Michael Chiacos from the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara (a local non-profit) offered an Electrified Transportation Learn@Lunch (Brown Bag) Noon-1p, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the University Center (UCen) Harbor Room.  Here are links to the audio recording and powerpoint and the of this event. Click "Present" button at the top of the Google Slides powerpoint screen to go into full-screen presentation mode


The UCSB Transportation Alternatives Program offers free commuter-consultations for those interested in commuting between their home and UCSB by foot, skateboard, kick scooter, bicycle, bus, carpool, vanpool or train. For more information please visit http://TAP.ucsb.edu or contact james.wagner@tps.ucsb.edu  805.893.5475

UCSB Transportation and Parking Services is providing this listing for information purposes only. This listing does not constitute an endorsement of the listed products or services.