Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the combustion engine. Too dirty, too loud, too many breakable parts, too much gas money handed over to oil companies. That’s why I’m thrilled that Sustainable Westchester and Nissan of New Rochelle have extended the discount program for the 2019 all-electric Nissan Leaf until September 30, 2019. The standard 2019 Leaf costs $32,865. But … with the $5,000 Sustainable Westchester discount, New York State rebate, and federal tax incentives, the total reduction off MSRP can be up to $14,500 making the cost of the car $18,365. That doesn’t include savings over gas guzzlers on oil changes (no need for oil in an EV), lower maintenance costs (a gas car has around 2,000 moving parts, an EV has 20!) and, of course, no need for the weekly pitstop at the gas pump. Plus, Con Ed will pay you—yes, pay you—to charge your car at night. Since most road trips are less than 30 miles, the Nissan Leaf’s 150 miles per charge should be plenty of charge time for the average journey. Croton-on-Hudson is a proud member of Sustainable Westchester, the nonprofit that negotiated the discount. The village has added recharging stations for electric vehicles and is in the midst of adding more. We’ve also begun the task of swapping out old gas guzzlers from our fleet for EV cars. If you’re interested in making Mother Earth greener, go to sustainablewestchester.org for more information.
The writer is a Croton-on-Hudson Village Trustee