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Medium Heavy-Duty Zero Emissions Vehicles Rebate

Proposed rule

Rulemaking contact: Gerik Kransky, 971-288-6056

The 2023 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3409 authorizing the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules to implement a new rebate program supporting the purchase of zero emissions medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

HB 3409 provides $3M in revenue for the new Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Incentive Fund and authorizes DEQ to establish a program for providing rebates for the purchase or lease of qualifying vehicles for use in Oregon. DEQ proposes to complete a rulemaking for the rebate program to specify details including application requirements, rebate allocation criteria, other requirements included in the statute, and program elements to alleviate disproportionate air pollution burdens among frontline communities.

In Oregon, medium and heavy-duty vehicles are currently responsible for an estimated 9.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually—approximately 42 percent of all greenhouse gases from the on-road vehicle fleet. This new rebate program will provide critical support for Oregon's transportation fleets to transition to zero emissions technologies and reduce these emissions statewide.

This rule will also incorporate 2024 Legislative changes (HB 4901) made to the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. The changes include creating a new fund for dedicated Charge Ahead funding and removing the ability to stack the Standard and Charge Ahead Rebates. Instead, it creates a new rebate level for Charge Ahead applicants purchasing or leasing a new vehicle.

​DEQ is convening an advisory committee to review the technical issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules. In convening this committee, DEQ has appointed members that reflect the range of entities that are both directly and indirectly affected by proposed changes to the rules.

Public involvement

DEQ invites the public to submit comments on the proposed rules. The comment period closes at 4 p.m. on July 22, 2024.

For more information, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which includes the notice and proposed rules.

Public hearing  

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 1 p.m. 

DEQ plans to hold one public hearing. Anyone can attend a hearing by webinar or teleconference.

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Call-in number: 833 548 0282 (Toll-free in the U.S.)
Meeting ID: 853 8805 9231

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EQC action

DEQ plans to present the final proposal, including any modifications made in response to public comments to the Environmental Quality Commission for a decision at its September 26-27 meeting.

At the 430th Oregon Environmental Quality Commission meeting on Jan. 24, 2024, the EQC authorized delegation to Director Leah Feldon for the Medium Heavy-Duty Zero Emissions Vehicles Rebate 2024 rulemaking.