Thanks to the efforts of Dawn M. Rhodes, MBA, chief business and finance officer and vice president, Joe Evans, assistant vice president, and several others, UMB faculty, staff, students, and alumni have the opportunity to use a significant rebate to purchase an electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF. The Nissan program will provide a $10,000 rebate (effective until Sept. 30, 2017) on the purchase of the all-electric 2017 Nissan LEAF. This rebate can be combined with a $7,500 federal EV tax credit and a $3,000 Maryland state excise tax credit (based on the LEAF’s 30 kW/h battery), which combined with the rebate could make the purchase price of the 2017 Nissan LEAF between $12,000 and $18,000 (final price depends on the options selected).
The 2017 Nissan LEAF:
Produces zero emissions.
Has a 107-mile range (as measured by the Environmental Protection Agency), which can be extended to about 123 miles in ECO mode.
Has an above average record for maintenance per owners as reported by Consumer Reports (based on the 2011 – 2015 models).
Three models are offered, the S, SV, and SL, at varying manufacturer’s suggested retail prices from $31,000 to $37,000.
Has excellent acceleration due to the high torque of its electric motor.
Can recharge in three ways: “quick charge” (80 percent charge in 30 minutes), “normal charge” (using 240 volts, 100 percent charge in 6 to 8 hours), and “trickle charge” (using 120 volts, 100 percent charge in about 26 hours). Learn more about charging the LEAF on the Nissan website.
UMB currently has 16 120-volt or 240-volt EV charging stations (serving 32 cars) spread throughout our parking garages. The Baltimore region as a whole currently provides over 200 charge station locations, and as EV popularity increases the number of charging stations is expected to increase as well.
Several UMB employees already have made the switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. Laura Kozak, MA, associate vice president for Communications and Public Affairs, selected a Ford C-Max hybrid a few years ago when it was time for her to purchase a new vehicle. According to Kozak, “not having to rely solely on gas as the energy source for my commute has been great! I have a 60-mile round-trip commute so the savings have been amazing.”
I (campus architect Anthony Consoli) have been driving a hybrid car since 2004. While it’s still running great at 215,000 miles, I decided to take the plunge and go to a 100 percent EV by purchasing a Nissan LEAF, taking advantage of this rare opportunity. I’ve been driving my LEAF for a week and love it. I’m happy to be supporting a future of emission-free automotive travel.
If you’re considering a new vehicle, consider the Nissan LEAF or other EV; they help make a real difference in the health of our campus, community, and planet. For more details about the Nissan Leaf discount program, download the 2017 Nissan LEAF flyer. If you have questions about the program or charging electric vehicles on campus, please email Karen Park.