Electric vehicles

EV Rebate Program

Rebate balance as of Oct. 27, 2020: $4,500

As of Sept. 1, 2020, LES is offering rebates to residential customers purchasing or leasing a new electric vehicle for the first time.

This rebate program has been made possible by a $120,000 grant awarded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust in June 2020. Incentives of $1,500 are available for the first-time purchase or minimum 3-year lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and $4,500 for the first-time purchase or minimum 3-year lease of a new all-electric vehicle, 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 these home charging stations will help further LES’ ongoing study of customer charging behaviors and their impacts on the community’s electric grid. This promotion is limited to LES residential customers only, limit one per household, and only applies to purchases or leases made on or after Sep. 1, 2020, until funds run out.

“This grant represents another big step for electric vehicles in the Lincoln area — not just their adoption, but their continued study by LES as we prepare to accommodate more EVs on the electric grid in the future,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “Despite the pandemic, trends continue to point to wider adoption of EVs across the nation. As the area’s public power utility, it is our responsibility to keep customers informed and engaged, and to prepare for a plug-in future.”

Rebate requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 1, 2020.

For more information, email Energy Services or call 402-475-4211. 

Apply for an EV rebate 


LES EV impact study

In 2018, LES launched a new EV study focused on our customers’ charging behaviors and the associated impact on our local grid. LES provided participants in the two-year study an easy-to-install module that records when and where customers charge, when and how far they travel, and the energy consumed while both traveling and recharging. FleetCarma, a leader in studying electric vehicle fleets, is helping facilitate the study by providing the data collection platform and anonymizing the data for customer privacy.

Participants are provided free use of a special customer web portal. The portal delivers real-time access to energy consumption, battery health and various other helpful data for the approximately 90 customer-owned vehicles in the study, representing 15 different all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric models.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy located in Golden, Colorado, will team with LES to analyze the data being gathered over the next two years. Locally, University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering also will be involved. Faculty and students in its Electrical and Computer Engineering department will have the opportunity to access and leverage data for further analysis.

LES has received two grants to help support the project. The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development program awarded LES a grant of $46,075, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded LES with a grant of $20,200.

LES EV adoption study

LES also partnered with the Electric Power Research Institute in 2018 to learn more about the prospects for the future growth of EVs. This effort, comprising eight utilities across the country, surveyed customers to understand more about the key barriers and drivers to plug-in vehicle adoption. The study will culminate in 2019 with development of a new model intended to forecast future EV adoption in our service area.

These studies and partnerships will help ensure that LES and other power systems across the country are better prepared for a future with more EV drivers.

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