Get on the road to greener driving

A second 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. Last year, 67 new electric vehicles hit the road during this program and we hope we’ll see at least as many this year!

There are three buckets of money where these savings come from:

  • Manufacturer and local dealership savings. So far, Smolich Nissan is offering a $3,000 instant rebate at the point of purchase.
  • Federal tax credit of up to $7,500.*
  • Oregon state rebate of up to $2,500.**

*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.

**The details of the new Oregon rebate for plug-in electric vehicles are still under review. We will post application details here as we have them. 


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

  • 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. $4 in electricity will take you almost 151 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? 2018 Nissan LEAF has a 40kW battery and is rated at an average of 151 miles.

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

  • Level 3 or DC CHAdeMO fast charger is a 40-minute charge to about 80%.
  • Level 2 or a 220 charge (an outlet like you’d have for your dryer) is about 8 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 2018 Nissan has an 8 year or 100,000-mile warranty on the battery which includes degradation.

Can I install a fast charger in my home? Level 2 or 220 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 220 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.

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

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The 100% Electric 2018 Nissan LEAF is equipped with a 40KW battery and drives an estimated 151 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 (April 21st – June 30th)

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For more details reach out to our local dealership, Smolich Nissan: Jason Bradley,  541-224-6176, [email protected]


*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.

**The details of the new Oregon rebate for plug-in electric vehicles are still under review. We will post application details here as we have them.