The City of Fremont still has grant funding available for six more electric vehicles (EV) through June 1, 2020, or until grant funds are depleted. Four Fremont Utility customers already have been reimbursed for EV purchases since the EV incentive program was first offered this summer.
In exchange for sharing EV charging data, participants receive an incentive of $4,500. The purpose of the cash incentive is to study the impact of EV charging on Fremont’s electric system, including the benefit of off-peak charging. Project partners include the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance, Electric Transportation Partners, and ChargePoint.
Prior to purchasing an EV, participants are required to complete a reservation application with the City for the $4,500 incentive. Data is collected by ChargePoint and shared with the Utility for a period of three (3) years. Federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credits also may be available.
Fremont participants also may be eligible for a rebate ranging between $2,500 and $3,500 on the 2019 Nissan LEAF, through a public power partnership between the American Public Power Association and Nissan. To claim the public power rebate, public power customers must download a Nissan flyer available at www.PublicPower.org/EVrebates. The Nissan rebate is offered in addition to other incentive programs, but it is offered only through January 2, 2020.
On average, it costs about half as much to drive an EV, compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline. In addition, EVs produce zero direct emissions.
Fremont’s Incentive Program participants must be Fremont Utility electric customers. The electric vehicle and charging station must be licensed and registered at the Fremont service address. A wireless internet connection also is required at the address so electric vehicle data may be sent to ChargePoint. The ChargePoint home charging station cost ranges between $649 to $699.
Participants have seven (7) days from the date of the reservation to apply to purchase the EV and provide proof of the purchase. Participants then have 90 days from the date of the reservation application purchase and activate their ChargePoint home charging station. Charging stations must be purchased at www.etpnebraska.com/fremont. The incentive will be issued to participants once the required forms and actions have been completed by the participant. Applications and other forms are available online at https://fremontne.gov/823/Electric-Vehicle-Incentive-Program and on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 400 East Military Avenue. Additional information can be found online. For more information, please contact Lottie Mitchell at Lottie.Mitchell@fremontne.gov or 402.727.2630.
Three Step Process to Receive City’s Cash Incentive
- Submit Reservation Application prior to purchase and/or installation. (Reservations expire if the purchase and installation deadlines are not met.)
- Upon receipt of approved Reservation Application, an all-electric vehicle (hybrids not accepted) must be purchased within seven (7) days, and a ChargePoint home charging station must be purchased and activated within 90 days.
- Participant will submit a payment application after the purchase, installation, and activation are completed. The payment application will include the auto dealer invoice, Dodge County vehicle registration, signed Data Release Authorization, W-9, and the proof of purchase and registration of ChargePoint EV home charger.