CN, Nissan announce electric vehicle rebate

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/04/2019 02:00 PM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Elizabeth Toombs and Nissan USA Electric Vehicle Business Development Manager Brian Zelis view a 2019 Nissan LEAF during the tribe’s electric vehicle ride and drive event on March 1. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation and Nissan USA representatives announced a limited-time rebate for CN citizens and employees purchasing a Nissan LEAF.

The $3,500 rebate for CN citizens and employees plus the up to $7,500 in federal tax incentives could equal up to $11,000 in savings for purchasing a Nissan LEAF before the rebate offer expires April 1.

The announcement was made March 1 at an electric vehicle ride and drive event the CN Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources hosted at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.

“Protecting and preserving our environment and natural resources is a deeply rooted Cherokee value, and our commitment to upholding that value is as strong today as it was with our ancestors,” Natural Resources Secretary Sara Hill said. “In recent years, the Cherokee Nation and its entities have made concentrated efforts to reduce our carbon emission while also advocating on the protection and preservation of our natural resources. We are thankful that Nissan USA recognizes the tribe’s commitment and is giving our tribal citizens and employees the opportunity to join the effort and tradition of being the good stewards of the environment that our ancestors were.”

To receive the Nissan LEAF rebate, individuals must present a participating Nissan dealer proof of current employment at CN or a copy of the person’s CN citizenship card, and also a copy of the special rebate flyer, available in the quick links section at www.cherokee.org.

The rebate offer is available to CN citizens and employees living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The partnership between the CN and Nissan USA is another example of the tribe’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. In 2017, the tribe celebrated the completion of the first tribal solar canopy car charging station built by a tribe in Oklahoma. The canopy, located at the Tribal Complex, is capable of charging up to eight electric vehicles and provides about 58,000 kilowatt hours of electricity to the complex each year. The CN has three electric vehicles in the tribe’s fleet.

Cherokee Nation Businesses brought the first charging stations to northeast Oklahoma through a deal with Tesla Motors. The electric fueling stations located at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa can charge a vehicle in about 15 minutes.

For more information on the rebate offer, call Pat Gwin at 918-453-5000, ext. 5704.

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