Get on the road to greener driving.

An electric vehicle group-buy program has come to Central Oregon! This means you are going to get a pretty sweet deal on a new electric vehicle. Why? Because we’ve searched high and low and found some great local partners to bring you some deep discounts on select vehicles.

The group-buy model offers pre-negotiated discounts on popular electric vehicles from select Central Oregon dealers.  This summer, you will see savings of up to $17,500 off the retail cost of an electric vehicle. This deal is available until September, 30th.

These savings will come in the form  of up to$10,000 in manufacturer and local dealership savings and a federal tax credit of up to $7,500*. See below for estimated cost examples.

With an electric vehicle there’s a lifetime of savings on the road ahead.

 The savings don’t stop at $17,500 off an electric vehicle:

  • Never buy gas again! Plug in at home and wake up fully charged.
  • Fully charge your vehicle for less than the cost of a gallon of gas. $3.30 in electricity will take you almost 110 miles.
  • No oil changes ever again (and lower maintenance costs all around).

There are other reasons to consider going electric too. 

Like the fact that they’re super fun to drive and have zero emissions. 

  •  Go from 0 to 60 in seconds. When you accelerate in an electric vehicle, the power goes directly from the battery to the tires, creating some of the quickest acceleration times possible.
  • Electric vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions and can help you dramatically lower your carbon footprint.

Still have questions? Here are a few answers.  

How far can I go on a charge? 2017 Nissan LEAF has a 30kw battery and is rated at an average of 107 miles.

How long does it take to charge?  There are three ways to charge.

  • Level 3 or DC CHAdeMO fast charger is a 30-minute charge to about 80%
  • Level 2 or a 240 charge (an outlet like you’d have for your dryer) is about 5 hours
  • Level 1 (standard 3 prong outlet) or 110 take about 20 hours from 0% to a full battery. Most people plug in a few times a week and don’t completely deplete their battery and are able to recharge overnight at home.

How do I know where to charge? There are lots of apps that help you find public charging stations. One of the most popular is a free app for Android or iPhone called PlugShare. You can also view a map on their website. What happens if my battery runs out of charge? Nissan provides courtesy roadside assistance and will tow your LEAF to the nearest Nissan charging stations or your home.How long will the battery last? The 2017 Nissan has an 8 year or 100,000-mile warranty on the battery which includes degradation. One staff member at The Environmental Center has a 2015 Nissan LEAF with 31,000 miles and the battery has not seen any degradation yet.

Can I install a fast charger in my home? Level 2 or 240 charging stations are affordable and can be installed relatively easily in most cases. Right now, some solar contractors are giving a $500 credit towards the electrical work to upgrade an outlet (adding a 240 plug) or hard-wire in a home charging station when you buy an EV and go solar. If you already have a 240 plug, you may be ready to just plug and play!

How does the LEAF do in the snow? The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system helps control the car in slippery conditions by using various sensors to control brake pressure and motor output. The car is no lightweight due to the large battery pack that lines the underbody of the car. Additionally, putting the car in “Eco mode” helps reduce torque to reduce slipping in the snow. “B-mode” more aggressively brakes the car for you when you take your foot off the gas so it not only regenerates the battery but also allows you to get away with a lot less time with your foot on the brake pedal.

Can I lease through this program? The $10,000 discount only applies to finance or cash purchases but there are very attractive lease offers. It’s a great option for those who don’t qualify for the federal tax credit.

Will I qualify for the Federal tax credit? Please consult your tax advisor. The $7,500 tax credit is based on your federal tax liability. Here are some things to help you see if you qualify:

  • New cars only
  • It’s a dollar for dollar credit, not just a deduction
  • You can claim the tax credit to the point it reduces your tax liability to zero – but not below
  • Doesn’t carry forward to subsequent years
  • If you don’t have a tax liability, leasing is an option

Have even more questions? We encourage you to reach out to our participating dealers. 

Participating Dealers

Smolich Nissan
2017 Nissan LEAF

Source: Nissan Image Library


1385 NE Hwy 20, Bend, OR

Contact: Jason Bradley, 541-550-5305, [email protected]

The Car

The 100% Electric 2017 Nissan LEAF is equipped with a 30KW battery and drives an estimated 107 miles per charge. It’s fun to drive with amazing torque and it handles great on the road in all conditions. Plug in to your wall outlet at home or use one of several DC fast Chargers located throughout Central Oregon. This vehicle requires very little maintenance and comes with a best in class 8 year or 100,000 mile battery warranty.

The Deal


*You must have a tax liability and pay federal income taxes in order to claim the federal tax credit of up to $7,500. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of income taxes you owe on your federal income taxes. Consult your tax professional to learn how tax credits and rules may apply to you. This information does not constitute tax advice and cannot be used to avoid tax penalties.