Upcoming Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Program  

On August 18, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2017 which, among many other transportation investments, establishes a program to provide rebates to Oregonians who purchase certain types of electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and other qualifying zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs). This program was designed by the Oregon legislature to encourage higher adoption of ZEVs, reducing air pollution and advancing progress toward the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The provisions of HB 2017 establishing this program become effective on October 6, 2017. However, under the legislation, rebates can’t be made until there are sufficient funds available from the new tax introduced by the legislation to fund this ZEV rebate program. While the state will begin collecting funds on January 1, 2018, the amount of funds collected will not be sufficient to start granting rebates until the summer of 2018. 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has started to develop rules and its policy commission (the Environmental Quality Commission) will consider these rules to implement the program in the spring of 2018 following public notice and opportunities for public comment. The legislation identifies certain criteria for rebate eligibility. The details of how these criteria apply will be decided in the rulemaking. Key issues that will be determined in this rulemaking include:
  • The date when purchases of qualifying vehicles will be eligible for a rebate. Although sufficient funds will not be available until later in 2018, the state is considering allowing rebates for purchases made after January 1, 2018, when the fee on vehicle dealers becomes effective. If this approach is adopted, purchases made earlier in 2018 could be eligible for a rebate later in the year when funds from the dealer fee become available.
  • The rebate amount, which may vary between $1,500 to $2,500 for battery electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid vehicles with battery capacities above 10 kWh, and between $750 to $1,500 for those vehicles with a battery capacity of 10 kWh or less.  
  • The amount of additional rebate available for qualifying low- and moderate-income households who purchase or lease a qualifying vehicle. The amount of this rebate may vary between $1,250 to $2,500 and may be combined with a conventional rebate.  

Electric Vehicle Rebates 2018 rulemaking

Advisory Committee meeting information and documents


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For more information, email Rachel Sakata