Energy in Oregon

​​Zero Emission Vehicles, like electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, drive without emitting harmful greenhouse gases.
The transportation sector accounts for more than 40 percent of Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions. Moving to cleaner, alternative fuel transportation options, like zero emission vehicles, can reduce those harmful GHGs and help Oregon reach its climate goals. 

Oregon's ZEV Adoption Targets: SB 1044

In 2019, Senate Bill 1044 outlined new Zero Emission Vehicle adoption targets for Oregon:
  • 50,000 registered ZEVs on Oregon roads by 2020
  • 250,000 registered ZEVs on Oregon roads by 2025
  • At least 25 percent of registered vehicles and at least half of the new vehicles sold annually are ZEVs by 2030
  • At least 90 percent of new vehicles sold annually are ZEVs by 2035.
In September of each odd-numbered year, the Oregon Department of Energy will issue a​Biennial Zero Emission Vehicle Report that provides updates on reaching the targets, along with other ZEV information, such as charging infrastructure and cost differences. ODOE expects the first report to be published in 2021.​

More About ZEVs 

In Oregon, ZEVs are, for the most part, all-electric plug-in or plug-in hybrid models. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are also considered ZEVs, but Oregon does not yet have fueling infrastructure for those types of vehicles. 

ZEV Features in our 2020 Energy Report
Go Electric Oregon
With our partners, we launched Go Electric Oregon – ​a website designed to share milestones toward our ZEV goals, education about electric vehicles and charging, and stories about Oregonians who have made the switch to electric.

Oregon Electric Vehicle Dashboard
EV-Dashboard-Snapshot.pngIn 2020, we published a new Oregon Electric Vehicle Dashboard​, which shows EV trends across the state, including EVs by county, most popular models, charging information, and more. 

Partnerships
ODOE also works with agency partners on a M​ulti-State Zero Emission Vehicle A​ction Plan and the international ZEV Alliance agreement. Both plans focus on government agencies leading the way for adopting ZEVs.

We are also collaborating with ODOT on its Transportation Electrification Infrastructure Needs Analysis study, and we serve as a partner agency on the Every Mile Cou​nts initiative to implement the state’s strategy to reduce GHG emissions in the transportation sector. 

ODOE's leadership and expertise has helped increase the availability of electric vehicle chargers in the state. Now, EV drivers can access chargers down the entire length of the I-5 corridor. 

We also offer guidance to business and government fleets​ that want to make the switch to zero emissions vehicles or other alternative fuels. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality offers rebates on purchases and leases of EVs that operate with zero emissions. More information is available on the DEQ website
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Coming Soon: School Bus Tool

A school bus tool is in development and will be published in the summer of 2021. The tool will analyze costs and emissions by comparing different fuel types and bus types over the course of their useful life. School districts that wish to act as beta testers for the tool can express their interest via email to Rick Wallace at ODOE.