Clean Energy Vehicle Loans
FINANCING THE CLEAN ENERGY MOVEMENT.
You can help lead the way to a cleaner tomorrow by driving a vehicle that increases fuel efficiency, reduces harmful emissions, and cuts your fuel costs. Clean Energy Credit Union’s vehicle loans offer low rates and flexible terms for the following types of new and used cars, motorcycles, or trucks:
New Vehicle Purchases:
- Plug-in hybrid electric
Used Vehicle Purchases and Refinancings:
- Plug-in hybrid electric
- Hybrid and/or highly fuel efficient with an EPA Fuel Economy of at least 40 MPG (combined city/highway)
- Terms of 60 or 72 Months
- Amounts from $3,000 to $90,000
- Fixed interest rates
- New and used vehicles
- No prepayment penalties
- Automatic electronic payments
Optional Loan Re-Amortization:
In connection with your clean energy vehicle purchase, if you qualify for a local, state, or federal incentive and wish to apply it towards paying down your loan balance, you'll have the option to re-amortize your loan -- and thereby reduce your monthly payment amount accordingly -- by simply paying Clean Energy Credit Union's standard loan re-amortization fee (which is typically $75 but may be subject to change - please refer to our Fee Schedule).
Debt Protection Program:
You can opt in to be protected under the Clean Energy Credit Union Debt Protection program. In the event of an unexpected financial hardship event, your loan balance or monthly loan payments may be cancelled without penalty or added interest. This program provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your credit rating are protected—and most importantly—that your family is protected. To learn more about the debt protection program, download our information sheet (PDF).
- PlugStar EV Buyer's Guide (from the nonprofit, Plug In America)
- An In Depth Guide To Buying and Installing a Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station
- U.S. Department of Energy MPG ratings
- Consumer Reports list of most fuel-efficient cars
- Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
First, you need to ensure that you’re eligible to join Clean Energy Credit Union by being in its “field of membership,” which currently includes being one of the following:
- A member of one of the following organizations:
- African-American Credit Union Coalition
- American Solar Energy Society
- Association of Energy Service Professionals
- Colorado Renewable Energy Society
- Electric Auto Association
- Engineers for a Sustainable World
- Georgia Solar Energy Association
- Green America
- GreenHome Institute
- Midwest Renewable Energy Association
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
- RENEW Wisconsin
- Renewable Energy Owners Coalition of America
- Solar United Neighbors
- Texas Solar Energy Society
- An employee or volunteer of one of the following organizations:
- A member of the immediate family or household of someone who is eligible via one of the above options or of someone who is already a member of Clean Energy Credit Union
If you’re not already eligible to join Clean Energy Credit Union, you can consider joining one of the above organizations. An individual membership in American Solar Energy Society, for example, currently costs as little as $10 (NOTE: you must enter the discount code and select a Digital-Only Basic membership). Click here to learn more about the field of membership partner organizations listed above.
After confirming your eligibility, you would then open a "share account" (i.e. savings account) with a $5 minimum deposit which would serve as your ownership share in Clean Energy Credit Union. Once someone becomes a member of the Credit Union, they are a member for life. Click here to join Clean Energy Credit Union.
In case it helps, here’s some background on what a credit union “field of membership” is: although credit unions provide similar services as banks, they are different from banks in many ways. For example, a credit union is a not-for-profit, financial services cooperative that exists solely to serve its members and to fulfill its mission, whereas a bank exists to maximize financial returns for its stockholders. Another difference is that a bank can serve the general public whereas a credit union can only serve its “field of membership,” which is defined by regulators as the people and entities that are legally eligible to join the credit union. Ultimately, a credit union’s field of membership is comprised of one or more groups of people and entities that all have something in common that binds them together in some way. Many credit unions have a field of membership that includes people who work for a certain employer, or who live in a certain geographic area, or who are members of the same professional association or religious organization.