Could This Partnership Make Tesla's EVs More Affordable?

Prospective Buyers of Tesla's Electric Vehicles Are Set to Be Offered Credit Union Financing Thanks to Origence and Its New Licensed Subsidiary, FI Connect

While range anxiety and the readiness of the charging network remain major concerns for prospective buyers of electric vehicles, many are holding back from taking the EV leap of faith for financial reasons. 

A recent S&P Global Mobility survey of almost 7,500 people revealed a significant proportion (48%) consider EV prices to be too high, even though they understand that most EVs inherently carry a price premium.  

That’s where Origence comes in. 

The credit union lending tech firm has formed a partnership with EV heavyweight Tesla to offer credit union financing to buyers through the Tesla site, providing those seeking affordable monthly payments with more options.

Origence Is Leveraging Its New Licensed Subsidiary, FI Connect, to Purchase and Place Retail Contracts With Partner Credit Unions. Picture: Origence

Origence is leveraging its new licensed subsidiary, FI Connect, to purchase and place retail contracts with partner credit unions across the US. When a consumer finances their vehicle through FI Connect on the Tesla website, the contract will be purchased and serviced by a credit union.

“Tesla is making its cars more affordable for credit union members with price adjustments,” comments Tony Boutelle, President and CEO at Origence.

“With FI Connect and Tesla coming together, EV buyers can receive affordable financing through credit unions.”

Origence: Providing lending tech solutions

Established in 1994 as a credit union service organisation (CUSO), Origence has helped thousands of credit unions process more than 88 million applications, including 9 million in 2022 alone.  

The business provides the lending technology solutions needed by credit unions to advance their total origination experience, including indirect lending, loan and account origination, auto shopping, marketing automation, lending operations and much more. 

By joining forces with Tesla and making credit union financing available at the point of purchase, Origence is giving EV buyers easy access to competitive rates and extended financing terms – both of which are important factors in providing consumers with options to lower their monthly payments. 

Consumers shopping for Tesla vehicles are set to be provided with financing options when reserving or purchasing a Model Y, Model 3, Model X, Model S or Cybertruck vehicle through Tesla’s website or mobile app. 

The addition of credit union financing makes convenient point-of-sale financing available to millions of credit union members and consumers seeking low-rate financing options.

Credit unions can become a FI Connect partner and expand their EV lending channels via the FI Connect website.


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