Upcoming Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Program
Beginning January 1, 2018, electric vehicle purchases made in Oregon are eligible to submit an initial Phase I application
for a rebate under the Oregon DEQ EV Rebate and Charge Ahead 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 became effective on October 6, 2017. However, under the legislation, rebates can’t be made until there are sufficient funds available from the new privilege 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 the Electric Vehicle Rebate rules and its policy commission (the Environmental Quality Commission) will consider these proposed 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.
- The rebate amount.
- 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 be combined with a conventional rebate.
Electric Vehicle Rebates 2018 rulemaking
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