MORRISTOWN, NJ — In an effort to promote electric vehicles, Jersey Central Power & Light has partnered with Nissan to save JCP&L customers $10,000 if they buy a Nissan Leaf all-electric car.
JCP&L customers just need to present their electric bill and a copy of an official program flier when they visit a participating Nissan dealership. Those who buy a 2017 Leaf may also qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Additionally, the state provides a tax exemption for qualified zero-emission vehicles.
“I think it’s a tremendous offer,” said JCP&L President Jim Fakult during a recent visit to Nissan World of Denville.
Standing next to a new Leaf outside the Route 10 dealership’s showroom, he said that JCP&L gladly endorsed the idea when it was proposed by Nissan. “We were like, 'Absolutely,' ” Fakult said. “Our customers benefit and it puts a great product on the road.”
The $10,000 rebate offer expires September 30 or when participating dealers deplete their inventory of the car. In Monmouth County, dealerships offering the rebate nclude DCH Freehold Nissan, Nissan World of Red Bank and Sansone Jr.'s 66 Nissan, Neptune.
The vehicle goes more than 107 miles on a charge. Fakult said it should cost most JCP&L customers about $4 to fully charge a Leaf.
"Electric vehicles are becoming more popular as people recognize the environmental and sustainability benefits they offer," he added. "This rebate from Nissan is designed to help get even more of these environmentally friendly vehicles on the road."
Further savings come from the fact that there are no belts, air filters, oil filters (and oil) gas filters, spark plugs and other internal combustion engine maintenance costs. Also, the car’s battery is warrantied for eight years or 100,000 miles.
There are a number of ways to charge a Leaf, including a 240-volt “normal charge” that takes about six hours, a DC quick charge from a fast-charge station that brings the battery to about 80 percent full in a half-hour and a 110-volt “opportunity charge” cable that takes about 12 hours. There are about 30,000 public charging stations across the country, according to Nissan.
Leafs cost between $30,000 and $36,000, meaning the JCP&L-related rebate, combined with the tax credits, cuts the price by at least a third, noted JCP&L and Nissan representatives. There are similar discounts available for those who want to lease a LEAF.
Those interested in the offer can download the program flier from the JCP&L website that also lists all participating New Jersey dealerships.
JCP&L, a TAPinto.net sponsor, is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serving 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.