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Requirements for Charge Ahead Applicants

The Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program is open from April 3 through June 3, 2024. Funding for the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program has now run out. If you purchase or lease an eligible vehicle from April 3, 2024, through June 3, 2024, you still have up to six months after the date of that purchase or lease to apply for a rebate. However, you may be placed on a waiting list to be paid once DEQ receives funding in early spring 2025. Please see DEQ's press release for more details.

To qualify for the rebate, you must:

  • Be a low- or moderate-income household or a nonprofit, low-income service provider.
  • Be an Oregon resident (with a valid ID) or provide services to low-income households in Oregon
  • Purchase or lease a new or used electric vehicle from April 3 through June 3, 2024. Vehicles purchased or leased either before April 3, 2024, or on or after June 4, 2024, are not eligible to apply for the rebate.
  • Vehicle must be purchased or leased from a certified vehicle dealer OR an original equipment manufacturer. No person-to-person sales allowed.
  • Register the vehicle in Oregon, and retain registration for at least 24 months.
  • Individuals must provide documentation showing proof of income eligibility. 
  • Nonprofit organizations must be:
    • Able to attest to being a low-income service provider.
    • Be a registered 501©(3) nonprofit organization 
  • Submit your rebate application within six months after the purchase or lease date.

What income documentation is required?

The income documentation required will depend on the method of verification:

For Charge Ahead Prequalification (for purchase or lease of new eligible vehicles at a participating dealer), applicants will need to provide one of the following:

  • Proof of current enrollment in an income-qualified program (see list below); or
  • Information from filed and accepted Oregon state tax returns from the last two years

For Charge Ahead applications submitted post-purchase or lease, The Center for Sustainable Energy, our third-party administrator, will provide links to the documents required during the online application process. This will include the following:

  • Household summary form
  • Income verification documents:
    • IRS Form 4506-T, or
    • Proof of current enrollment in an approved Public Assistance Program (see list below)
Approved income-qualified programs include:
  • Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid
  • SNAP: EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Card
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
  • HUD Housing Choice Voucher
  • LIHEAP (Home Energy Assistance)
  • Employment Related Daycare
  • Woman Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Trimet reduced fare program for low-income rider
  • Individual Development Account (IDA) holder 

How can I find out if I meet the income limits?

Click on the Income Eligibility Calculator web page where you can reference the table providing the maximum household income for your household size. 

Can I apply for both rebates?

Yes, if you purchase or lease a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, you can also apply for the Standard Rebate while applying for your Charge Ahead Rebate. If you meet all the requirements, you can receive a total rebate up to $7,500.