Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) has launched its first electric vehicle incentive program, ‘Ready, Set, Charge!,” designed to incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles while helping reduce local gas emissions. The program also enriches the city’s sustainability efforts.

In combination with local support from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) as well as participating Lancaster Auto Mall dealers and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson, available incentives provide customers with the opportunity to claim up to $17,000 in instant savings, rebates, and tax credits. 

“For years, it has been the belief of LCE and the city of Lancaster that true ecological change begins at the local level,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It is through partnerships like the one we have cultivated with our local businesses and organizations that we can make programs like this available to the LCE customers in our community. Sustainability is attainable, and when we band together for the betterment of residents and our planet—everyone wins.” 

Current qualified LCE customers will receive a voucher valued at up to $3,000 in instant savings on the purchase of a new all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle or $1,500 off a lease from a list of qualifying vehicles at participating dealerships.

In addition to the numerous incentives available to sustainability-oriented residents, the AVAQMD will offer $1,000 to “Ready, Set, Charge!” participants. Qualified low-moderate income participants will receive an additional $1,500. While “Ready, Set, Charge!” incentives are available exclusively to Lancaster Choice Energy customers, AVAQMD’s are open to all Antelope Valley residents.

“The AVAQMD is proud to partner with Lancaster Choice Energy to encourage and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist, who also serves as chair of the AVAQMD board of directors. “Together, we are working toward ever-cleaner air and a more renewable future for our community.”

On top of these local incentives from LCE and the AVAQMD, up to a total of $11,000 can be claimed through local and state incentive programs. Federal tax credits may also apply and vary by make and model. Details are available from each dealer.

“Ready, Set, Charge!” runs through Dec. 31, or until funds are exhausted, (whichever comes first). LCE customers must apply for a voucher online or visit the utility’s office at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave. The purchase or lease of a qualifying new all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle from a participating dealer is required.