Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Electric vehicles are a clean alternative to traditional vehicles – especially when the electricity that fuels them comes from renewables like the hydroelectricity Tacoma Power provides our customers.
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Interested in buying an electric vehicle? Join TPU for fun, free events. Learn about EVs and test drive the latest models.
- Sept 8: National Drive Electric Week event
Downtown Steilacoom, 1700 Lafayette St, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
TPU staff will be on hand with one of our electric fleet cars to answer questions as part of National Drive Eletric Week.
- Sept 15: Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event with TPU and Puget Sound Energy
LeMay–America’s Car Museum, 2702 E D St, Tacoma, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come to LeMay – America’s Car Museum for Tacoma Power and Puget Sound Energy’s Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive! There will be a variety of full battery electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars, and electric bikes to test drive, along with electric vehicle experts to answer all of your questions. Learn about the carbon reduction benefits of driving electric, how to charge an electric vehicle, and meet others who are enthusiastic about a clean powered future. Test drives will be first-come, first served. Must be over 21 years old and show valid driver’s license and car insurance to test drive a vehicle.
- Electric Vehicle 101 workshops
Each year, new electric vehicle models are introduced with lower prices, greater range, and more options and charging stations are installed to better meet driver's needs. Join us for a free workshop to learn more about your choices and answer questions such as:
Will an electric vehicle fit my lifestyle and budget?
Are they really better for the environment?
How does it differ in driving; what about charging?
Incentives and financing options
- Sept. 11, from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. - Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library
- Sept. 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - EnviroHouse - registration required
- Oct. 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Moore Branch of the Tacoma Public Library
- Oct. 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library
- Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library
- Nov. 6, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library
- Nov. 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library
City of Tacoma Electric Car Discount Program
Interested in purchasing or leasing a NEW electric vehicle? Consider participating in the City of Tacoma’s Electric Vehicle Discount Program in fall 2018! This is a pre-negotiated pricing program with local Tacoma dealerships and bike shops to deliver a no hassle deal to interested buyers. For a limited time only, you can save thousands of dollars on full battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and electric bicycles. When purchasing an electric vehicle, you will also receive a discount on selected home charging equipment! Visit cityoftacoma.org/ElectricVehicleDiscount to sign up.
Lower Your Carbon Footprint
Tacoma Power customers who are interested in lowering their carbon footprint by switching to electric vehicles have an advantage over residents in other parts of our region. Tacoma Power’s electricity comes from 89% hydroelectricity from local dams and is 96% carbon free. When you switch to an electric vehicle that uses electricity from Tacoma Power, you’ll significantly lower your carbon footprint.
Save on Fuel Costs
You’ll also save money on fuel costs. In Washington, it costs an average of $0.86 per gallon to fuel an EV (when translating the energy content of electricity to gallons of gas). Our rates are lower in Tacoma, so it’s even cheaper. Compare this to an average of $2.80 per gallon for gas in Tacoma and the savings add up fast.
Looking for other ways to lower your carbon footprint or save energy?
- Enroll in Tacoma Power’s renewable energy program, Evergreen Options
- Participate in conservation programs that save electricity and water
Electric Vehicle Resources