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VC Matthews charging his BMW i3
Vice Chancellor Matthews charging his BMW i3

Electric Vehicle Leasing/Sales Program

Awarded 2017 Best Practice in Sustainable Transportation
by University of California’s Office of the President

Approximately 350 people regularly commute to campus by electric vehicles. To encourage this shift and support the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and vital campus research, UC San Diego works with dealerships to provide exclusive electric vehicle leasing and purchasing opportunities for students, faculty, staff and retirees.

On January 17, 2018, UC San Diego’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) collaborator, BMW of San Diego received, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for ZEV Sales Leadership.

Current Offers

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Students, faculty, staff and retirees:

  • BMW: See offer details (PDF) valid through Dec. 31, 2018.
    • Lease a new 2018 i3 BEV for $199/month plus tax
    • Lease a new 2018 530E for $499/month plus tax
  • Honda: See offer details (PDF). 
    • Purchase 2018 Clarity PHEV:
      • Standard - $34,290 (includes destination & handling)
      • Touring - $37,490 (includes destination & handling)
    • Lease 2018 Clarity PHEV – Special California and Oregon 3-year Lease – Limited Time
      • Standard - $289/month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing
      • Touring - $329/month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing
  • Mercedes-Benz: Lease a 2018 smart fortwo Electric Drive for $115/month. See offer details (PDF). Valid through Sept. 30, 2018.
  • Nissan: Receive a $3,000 rebate off MSRP on the 100% electric, 2018 Nissan LEAF®. 

Discount offers change based on dealer inventory. You must show a valid university ID at participating dealers to take advantage of these offers. Check dealer offers for eligibility requirements.

Additional Incentives

EV Study Participation

Anyone who leases or purchases one of these vehicles will be invited to participate in an electric vehicle user study being conducted by UC San Diego and its research partners. 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 Overview for Website

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 between now and 2020. The project will also recruit a diverse array of drivers from the campus community to participate in the project and leverage the new charging infrastructure. Those drivers will receive a dedicated parking spot and free vehicle charging at UC San Diego while participating in the project. 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.

EV Charging on Campus

Charge your EV at UC San Diego's network of electric vehicle charging stations. We have 129 Level II chargers and 4 DC fast chargers . In 2018, we plan to expand our network to 239 Level II chargers and up to 10 DC fast chargers.

EV Charging Stations

More Information

If you have questions about these lease offers or EV charging on campus, contact Kevin Norris, (858) 534-0439.