LINCOLN — Two months after offering its first-ever electric vehicle rebate, Lincoln Electric System has dispersed all the available incentive funds to LES customers. The rebate’s $120,000 fund was awarded to LES earlier in the year through a generous grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the community-owned utility’s “Electric Vehicle Public Engagement and Rebate Program” and went to the purchase or lease of a new all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
All rebates were claimed as of Nov. 5, after they were announced at the beginning of September. Thanks to NET’s generosity, 28 LES customers were able to receive either $1,500 toward the first-time purchase or minimum three-year lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or $4,500 for an all-electric, including the purchase and installation of an internet-connected home charging station and LES access to charging data for up to five years. Data gathered from charging stations will help further LES’ ongoing study of customer charging behaviors and their impacts on the community’s electric grid.
“We’re continuing to see a growing interest in electric vehicles as more models become available and as customers learn more about the benefits of plug-in cars,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “We are fortunate to have an organization like the Nebraska Environmental Trust to work with on projects such as this and look forward to keeping the community informed and engaged with electric transportation in the future.”
If you’d like to get the most up-to-date information on EVs from your utility, LES’ EV Interest Group is open to all. Go to LES.com/ev to learn more about what LES is doing with EVs in our community.