FAQs about U Drive Electric

Have questions about U Drive Electric or Electric Vehicles in general? Read on to see answers to our most frequently asked questions. Don't see the answer to your question? Contact us!

What is U Drive Electric?

In 2015, The University of Utah was the first university in the country to sponsor a community electric vehicle purchase program that includes discounts on multiple makes and models of vehicles. U Drive Electric offered University of Utah community members the opportunity to purchase or lease electric vehicles at special discounts. The second round of U Drive Electric looks to implement creative solutions to lessen environmental impacts by the University and Salt Lake City, and to improve conditions for the community and future generations. With almost 50 percent of Utah’s urban air pollution coming from tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles represent an important tool for improving air quality along the Wasatch Front. This year, the program expanded to include more versatile options, with several additional dealers participating as well as the opportunity to purchase used vehicles. By maximizing choices, consumers could find the best options that fit their needs.

Who is supporting U Drive Electric?

U Drive Electric was brought to you by the University of Utah Sustainability Office coordinating with Salt Lake City and partnering with Utah Clean Energy. This program is enabled by generous grants from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and Patagonia Outlet of Salt Lake City

  • The University of Utah Sustainability Office is sponsoring U Drive Electric as part of its commitment to support sustainability efforts across the campus and wider community.
  • Salt Lake City Sustainability Department is providing marketing support and outreach resources to further the programs impact towards a healthier Salt Lake City community. 
  • Utah Clean Energy is a local non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization partnering to build the new clean energy economy. Utah Clean Energy is here to offer technical expertise to guide you through the process.

How were the dealers selected?

The University of Utah issued an open Request For Proposals (RFP) and eligible dealers were contacted and encouraged to participate. A steering committee was formed to review the responses, and the committee selected EV dealers that provided significant price discounts, varied vehicle options, and a streamlined purchase process for members of the University of Utah and Salt Lake City communities.    

How does U Drive Electric work?

Through U Drive Electric II, members of the University of Utah and Salt Lake City communities received a discount price from the participating EV suppliers. Particpants had access to expert information about EVs, a simple and streamlined process, and pre-screened and vetted EV suppliers. 

Who can participate in U Drive Electric?

Members of the U community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as campus guests were eligible to participate. In addition, the program was also available to Salt Lake City residents and individuals who regularly worked, conducted business in, or visited Salt Lake City. 

What is the timeline for U Drive Electric?

September 12,2016:

  U Drive Electric II Launch

November 30,2016:

  Last day to sign a contract with your discount code. Program Ended. 

What vehicles are available through U Drive Electric?

Tim Dahle Nissan of Murray, Ken Garff Nissan,  BMW of Murray, Henry Day Ford, Young Chevrolet, Ken Garff Hyundai, and CNG Utah offered EVs. These dealers provideed additional discounts on their BEV (battery-electric) or PHEV (plug-in-hybrid electric) car models to those who enrolled through the program.