About U Drive Electric

The University of Utah, Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy were pleased to bring back the U Drive Electric program for a second round, extending discounts on multiple makes and models of electric vehicles to the community. The second round of U Drive Electric offered U community members and Salt Lake City community members the opportunity to purchase or lease electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicles at discounted prices. The program is now closed, thank you! 

This joint program aimed to improve air quality and community health both today and for future generations. With almost 50 percent of Utah’s urban air pollution coming from tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles are an important tool for improving air quality along the Wasatch Front. During round one of U Drive Electric in 2015, 76 electric vehicles were purchased in less than two months. 

“The University is committed to improving air quality in the Salt Lake valley and to reducing its carbon footprint,” said President David W. Pershing. “We are excited to yet again offer a program to community members that allows them to participate with us in making a difference in Utah.”

The second round expanded to include more options, with several additional dealers participating and with a new opportunity to purchase used electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Car dealers offered discounts by driving targeted customer demand during a limited timeframe. To those who enrolled through the program, there were discounts on BEV (battery-electric) or PHEV (plug-in-hybrid electric) car models from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and additional used car models through CNG Utah. Discounts varied by vehicle make and model, but ranged between 3 percent and 25 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. 

In order to make this program possible, the University of Utah Sustainability Office coordinated with Salt Lake City and partnered with Utah Clean Energy, a non-profit, public interest organization that works to drive the transition to a clean energy future. We also received generous support from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and Patagonia Outlet of Salt Lake City.