When CCCE launched its Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Incentive Program it was no surprise that Thomas was the first resident to turn in his application. With a work commute to San Jose State University and California State University Monterey Bay, this Salinas local was ready to replace his older Nissan Leaf with a higher range EV at significant savings.
Thomas qualified for a $4,500 incentive from MBCP and applied it towards his down payment and drove off the Santa Cruz Volkswagen lot with a leased e-Golf for just $9,000 total! Even with his lengthy commute, Thomas finds himself charging his new EV only twice a week with his Level 2 EV charger, electrified by solar panels that he received through GRID Alternatives’ SASH program.
Thomas quickly earned the nickname “Rebate King” when we learned that he also participated in the Save Our Water Turf Replacement Rebate, receiving $2,000 to transform his water and energy dependent yard into a drought-tolerant oasis.
Programs like Save Our Water, SASH and MBeVIP allow our friends, family, and community to be energy stewards…. and they inspire us all to become a Clean Energy Hero.
“If I could sum up what I want others to know about the MBeVIP incentive program, it would be this: A fantastic opportunity to get into a zero emission, clean energy powered vehicle that costs less to drive than a conventional car. The entire process of shopping, and eventually leasing the vehicle (from VW of Santa Cruz) was seamless. Whether it was getting questions answered from the program or participating dealer side, I was able to get answers to questions about the vehicles themselves, or the cost breakdowns for lease or purchase. Because everyone involved were so knowledgeable and well-informed, the entire shopping experience ended up being smoother than any other vehicle lease or purchase I’ve ever made.”