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Electric Vehicle Leasing and Purchasing Incentives

To encourage the shift to electric vehicles and support the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, UC San Diego attempts to provide multiple options to our students, faculty, staff and retirees to own a new or used battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the lowest possible price. Buyers can choose from over 40 models to find the vehicle that best meets their budget and driving needs.

If you are interested in a new vehicle, several local dealerships have arranged discounted pricing with their manufacturers for UC San Diego students, faculty, staff and retirees. Offers differ and have varying expiration dates so please review their flyers carefully.

You can research current pricing found for all new and used BEV and PHEV models through web-based searches by zip code. is just one of these sites and you can use these links to a wide variety of models. On each webpage, you can also click on offers for used BEV and PHEV models.

Finally, you can find discounts through the California Department of General Services with dealerships that basically offer their state fleet rate to UC employees. This program is “evolving” and each offer has its own procedure for verifying eligibility. Currently, the San Diego region is not well represented.

We are constantly updating this webpage so please return whenever you are considering purchasing a new or used vehicle. We hope that you will find an electric vehicle that best fits your needs.

Exclusive UC San Diego Dealer Offers

Check dealer offers for eligibility requirements.

Participating companies that do not have current offers include, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, Kia/Hyundai/Mitsubishi, Tesla and Toyota. Check with these dealers for special discounts.

BMW logo

Who's eligible?

Faculty and staff

To receive incentive pricing, employees must:

  • Complete the signup form. In the Company Information section, enter:
    • CSP Account #: NEPP2886
    • Company Name: University of California San Diego
  • Upon submission, BMW Group will send a customized certificate to the email address provided.
  • Redeem the certificate at any authorized U.S. BMW or MINI dealer. You must also provide a current paystub dated within the last 30 days. Employee ID cards, business cards and W2 forms are no longer accepted. 


Corporate Sales Program (PDF)

Honda logo

Who's eligible?

Faculty and staff

To receive incentive pricing, employees must show UC photo ID.


Honda Clarity PHEV, Insight and Accord offer (PDF)

Expiration Date

March 31, 2020

Nissan logo

Who's eligible?

Faculty, staff and students

To receive incentive pricing, you must bring these documents to a participating Nissan dealership:

  • A copy of the flyer – front and back pages
  • Your monthly electric bill or proof of employment, UC San Diego ID


Receive a $3,500 rebate off MSRP on the 100% electric, 2019 Nissan LEAF®. See offer details (PDF).

Expiration Date

Jan. 2, 2020

Volkswagen logo


Who's eligible?

Faculty, staff and students

To receive incentive pricing, you must bring a copy of the monthly offer flyer and your current UC San Diego ID card.


See monthly offer


Other New and Used Electric Vehicle Deals

100% Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles


HOV Lane Access

The California Air Resources Board is responsible for the official list of vehicles qualified to receive Clean Air Vehicle decals allowing solo drivers use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for accepting applications and issuing decals to qualified vehicles. The California DMV began issuing the 2019 purple decal on January 1, 2019 to qualifying vehicles. These decals are for first-time applications only and will expire on January 1, 2023. Check the official list to determine if the EV you are interested in qualifies for a purple decal. More HOV program information

State and Federal Electric Vehicle Incentives

Three basic programs provide electric vehicle leasing or purchasing incentives: California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), federal tax credits and SDG&E rebates. EV drivers must complete an application to receive these incentives. See State and Federal Electric Vehicle Incentives for an overview of these options and valuable links to guide you through the process.

SDG&E Rebate

In 2018, more than 13,500 SDG&E customers earned a $200 Electric Vehicle Climate Credit for driving a clean vehicle. SDG&E is no longer accepting 2018 applications.

The credit will be available in 2019 as part of the California Air Resources Board's effort to reduce greenhouse emissions in California. Unlike state and federal rebates, electric vehicle drivers can apply for this credit each year they own or lease the vehicle. Check 2019 program details


Our research partner, eMotorWerks, coordinates your EV’s charging to periods of highest renewable energy availability and demand shaving events, while ensuring your car is at maximum charge when you need it. eMotorWerks offers UC San Diego community members a $50 discount on home chargers. Learn more

Research Study Participation

UC San Diego and its research partners will invite anyone who leases or purchases one of these vehicles to participate in an electric vehicle user study. Study participants will share information on their electric vehicle driving and charging experiences. This is an opt-in study and there is no obligation to participate.

INVENT Project

The Intelligent Electric Vehicle Integration (INVENT) Large Scale Seamless Vehicle Grid Integration Project is a collaboration between UC San Diego’s Center for Energy Research and San Diego-based technology company, Nuvve Corp. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the real-world benefits of advanced Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) applications for electric vehicles (EVs), including smart charging and bi-directional sharing of EV batteries when not needed (e.g., when parked and sufficiently charged) in exchange for benefits or savings.

The project will build on the university’s existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure network and install an additional 50+ charging stations on and around campus through 2020. The project will also recruit a diverse array of drivers from the campus community to participate and leverage the new charging infrastructure. Participants will receive a dedicated parking space and free vehicle charging at UC San Diego. See the INVENT flyer (PDF).

If you currently drive an electric vehicle and would like to participate in this innovative research project, please complete the INVENT Driver Recruitment Survey.

UC San Diego Electric Bicycle Offer

Fly Rides Discount

  • Use discount code "UCSDELECTRIC" when you purchase an ebike online to receive an 8% discount off list price. 
  • Discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • You must provide UC San Diego photo ID/proof of UC San Diego affiliation when you pick up your ebike in store.
  • UC San Diego students can receive18-month 0% in-store financing.

EV Charging on Campus

More than 800 electric vehicles per month charge at UC San Diego's network of EV charging stations. We have 182 Level II chargers and 4 DC fast chargers.

EV Charging Stations

More Information

If you have questions about these lease offers or EV charging on campus, contact