Special Discounts for those from the University of California, Santa Barbara

Some manufacturers (BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Ram, Smart, Toyota and Volkswagen) 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 State and Federal incentives for each specific vehicle listed here.

There also is a Southern California Edison program that offers $1000 on New, Used or Leased Plug In Electric Vehicles https://evrebates.sce.com

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

State Employee Green Fleet Pricing Program

UC Faculty and Staff may now qualify for State Employee Green Fleet Pricing Program that provides additional purchasing discounts for green vehicles from the following manufacturers:  Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Dodge, Toyota and Volkswagen. Click here for more information. If you scroll to the far right the description of the extra discount is shown. 

*Note you will need to work with a dealer out of our local area to get the state employee pricing and delivery to your door may be available.

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Honda is  offering an additional $500 off a Honda Clarity Plug In Hybrid to all UC Faculty and Staff through March 2020. Please see flier details here.

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 ... Employees are required to enter in their company name, "The Regents of the University of California" or “NEPP3616” in the CSP Account # field in the “Company Information” section to receive up to a $10,000 discount.  More details can be found in this April 2019 update

Nissan Leaf

From now through at least March, 2020 Nissan's special promotion, combined with both federal tax credits and state rebates, could provide up to $3,500 off the list purchase price of a new Nissan LEAF with the flier linked below.

All Nissan dealerships in California can participate in this promotion. To obtain this special pricing be sure to bring your UCSB Employee or UCSB Student Identification card or Retiree Proof of UC pension payments and this Flyer with you to your local Nissan dealership.

Please note that the “free charging” clause mentioned in the Nissan promotional flier (linked above) applies to the ChargePoint machines on the UCSB campus and not the non-networked trickle charge Level 2 infrastructure on campus...Please check with Nissan to learn more about where else their “no-charge-to-charge” promotion is effective.

Another promotion that Nissan may be still offering to UCSB employees is called the Business Associate Plan - Vehicle Purchase Program (VPP) for electric vehicle purchase or lease. Even though the UCOP flier (linked below) lists a 2015 expiration, we have been told that the VPP it is still being honored http://www.ucop.edu/staff-assembly/_files/nissan-fyer.pdf. This flier describes how to get a VPP claim number that you may bring to your local Nissan dealer for attractive lease or purchase pricing on a Leaf.  https://insidenissan.com/vpp_form_wizard_d_nis.psp  Use VPP code: VPP010293 

VPP provides special Nissan finance rebates and special rates which currently include a $1500.00 rebate and an APR as low as 0%


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 some "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 (10pm – 8am) 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-1pm, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the University Center (UCen) Harbor Room.  Here is the link to the PowerPoint of this event. Click "Present" button at the top of the Google Slides PowerPoint screen to go into full-screen presentation mode. James Wagner (below) also has a plug-in vehicle and can share his point of view and advise.

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