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About Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

Rebate availability depends on program funding at the time of vehicle purchase or lease. Due to overwhelming demand and limited funding, rebates will be suspended as of May 1, 2023. Any vehicles purchased or leased on or after May 1, 2023 will not be eligible to apply for the rebate once the program reopens. Once funding is available again, the program will announce its reopening. For more information, read the news release.

On Aug. 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. 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.

In May 2018, the Zero Emission and Electric Vehicle Rebate rules were adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission (DEQ's policy commission) which established the program's requirements.

Implementation of the program was delayed due to a lawsuit regarding the funding mechanism for the program. Funding is generated from a tax imposed on car dealers for “the privilege of engaging in the business of selling taxable motor vehicles at retail in this state." On Aug. 2, 2018, the Oregon Supreme Court determined the privilege tax could be utilized for the program. DEQ is now proceeding with implementation of the program. In December 2018, DEQ began issuing Standard Rebates to qualified applicants.

DEQ receives $12 millions per year for the program. The program does not have a sunset date.