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Oregon Electric Car Rebates and Incentives - 2020

This guide walks you through rebates and incentives offered to Oregonians for the purchase of an electric vehicle in the year 2020.

State Rebates

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Rebate - Up to $5,000


If you live in Oregon, you’re potentially eligible to receive up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new clean air vehicle. The Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program was created as a way to reward people for purchasing or leasing clear air vehicles as opposed to a gasoline powered vehicle. As of now, the funding for this rebate is available until Jan. 2, 2024, so there are still a few more years to get these rebates. There are two different rebates options to choose from:

  1. Standard Rebate: This rebate is available to those who purchase or lease a new battery electric vehicle or a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. There is no income requirement for this rebate.
  2. Charge Ahead Rebate: This rebate is available to those who purchase or lease a new or used battery electric vehicle, or if you’ve purchased a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on or after Sept. 29, 2019. In order to qualify for this rebate, you must have a low or moderately low household income. To see if you qualify for this rebate, use this Income Eligibility Calculator


Eligible Vehicles

The car models that are eligible for the rebates depend on which rebate you would like to receive. See below for a breakdown of which cars are eligible for which rebates:


Standard Vehicle Rebate List

Charge Ahead Vehicle Eligibility List


Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the Standard Rebate, you must meet the following requirements:


  1. You must be an Oregon resident, with a valid ID
  2. You must have purchased or lease a new, qualifying electric vehicle
  3. You must register the vehicle in Oregon, and keep it registered in Oregon for at least two years
  4. You must submit your application within six months of purchasing or leasing your vehicle. 
  5. You must purchase your vehicle through a licensed vehicle dealer or an original equipment manufacturer. If a vehicle is purchased through an original equipment manufacturer, the manufacturers cannot have any licensed, franchised, new automobile dealers in Oregon. Additionally, no person-to-person sales will be eligible for the rebate.



In order to qualify for the Charge Ahead Rebate, you must meet the following requirements:


  1. You must be an Oregon resident, with a valid ID
  2. You must have a low or moderate-income household. To see if you qualify for this rebate, use this Income Eligibility Calculator
  3. You must provide proof of income eligibility, which will be based off of your most recent federal tax return that would have been available at the time the vehicle was purchased or leased. For more information on what documentation is needed for income verification, click here
  4. You must purchase or lease a new or used battery electric or plug-in electric vehicle from a dealer (no person-to-person sales are eligible). Your plug-in hybrid electric vehicles must have been purchased or leased on or after Sept. 29, 2019
  5. You must register the vehicle in Oregon, and keep it registered in Oregon for at least two years
  6. You must submit your application within six months of purchasing or leasing your vehicle. 
  7. Your vehicle must be purchased through a licensed vehicle dealer or an original equipment manufacturer. If the vehicle is purchased through an original equipment manufacturer, the manufacturers cannot have any licensed, franchised, new automobile dealers in Oregon. Additionally, no person-to-person sales will be eligible for the rebate.



Rebate Amount

Standard Rebate - The Standard Rebate offers $1,500 for electric vehicles with less than 10kWh battery capacity and $2,500 for EV with at least 10kWh battery capacity. To see the rebate amounts for each make and model, click here.


Charge Ahead Rebate - The Charge Ahead Rebate is $2,500 for all eligible vehicles.


You may be eligible to receive both the Standard Rebate and the Charge Ahead Rebate. In order to qualify for both rebates, purchase or lease a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and meet the income requirement. If this is the case, you can get up to $5,000 total. Just make sure that when you’re filling out the application you fill out section 3A which indicates that you want to apply for the Charge Ahead Rebate as well.


Application

There are two ways to apply for the Standard Rebate. Either you can apply yourself, or your dealer can work with you and apply on your behalf when you purchase the vehicle. 


If your dealer helps you apply, your dealer will reduce the purchase or lease price by the rebate amount. Only authorized dealers are able to submit the application on your behalf. You can find a list of authorized dealers in your area here. You can only apply for the Standard Rebate via your dealer - not the Charge Ahead Rebate.


If you are applying on your own (not through a dealer) you’ll need the following things:


  1. General Rebate Application
  2. Temporary or permanent vehicle registration
  3. Copy of the sales or lease contract
  4. Proof of Oregon residency (ex: Oregon driver’s license)
  5. Mail the completed application packet to:
  6. Center for Sustainable Energy


Once you have all of those documents ready, you’ll mail them (not email) to:


Center for Sustainable Energy

Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

3980 Sherman Street, Suite 170

San Diego, CA 92110


If you'd like to apply for the Charge Ahead Rebate (aka low income rebate), you’ll fill out the same application as the normal rebate. You’ll check a few boxes that notify them that you think you qualify, and then someone from The Center for Sustainable Energy will reach out to you to ask for proof of income. 


For more information about this rebate, the Department of Environmental Quality’s has an FAQ.

Federal Rebates

IRS Tax Credit for Plug-In Electric Vehicles - Up to $7,500


The IRS tax credit rewards a minimum of $2,500 and may go up to $7,500 so it’s worth figuring out how much you’re eligible to receive. The credit is for the purchase of a new plug-in electric vehicle with at least 5kw hours of capacity. 


I've written a more in-depth guide about the Federal Tax Credit here.


Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit - Up to $1,000


Consumers who purchase qualified residential charging equipment prior to December 31, 2020, may be eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. For more information about claiming the credit and eligibility, see IRS Form 8911 and speak to your tax professional. 


Energy Provider Incentives

EV Charger Installation Rebate - Central Lincoln $250

Central Lincoln is offering their residential and commercial customers a one-time rebate of $250 for purchasing a Level 2 charger. 


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Your charger must be 220V or higher
  2. The installation/work must have been done on or after July 1, 2018
  3. You’re only allowed to get one rebate per location


Application

You can apply for this rebate after your home charging station has been installed. You can find the application here. Once you fill out the application, you’ll mail it to the address listed on the application. You’ll also need to attach a copy of the paid electrician’s invoice for installing the charger. Rebates generally take about 8-10 weeks to process. 


For the most updated information on this rebate, check out Central Lincoln’s website here.



Plug-In Electric Vehicle Registration Incentive - Emerald People’s Utility District $100 

Emerald People’s Utility District is offering their customers $100 when they register their new or used battery electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid with the Oregon DMA. 

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Only customers of Emerald People’s Utility District qualify
  2. You must own or lease a new or used plug-in battery or plug-in hybrid vehicle that has a minimum on-board battery capacity of at least 2 kilowatt-hours
  3. Your vehicle must be registered at the same address as your active Emerald People’s Utility District account address
  4. You must complete and submit their application form, along with a copy of your active Oregon DMV registration 
  5. You can qualify for one incentive per vehicle 


For the most updated information on this rebate, check out their website here.


EV Charger Rebates - Eugene Water & Electric Board $500

The Eugene Water and Electric Board is offering their residential customers a $500 rebate to install a Level 2 charger. 


Eligibility Requirements

  1. You are a Eugene Water & Electric Board customer
  2. Your electric vehicle is registered at the same address that Eugene Water & Electric Board provides service for
  3. You are an owner of the property that you’re installing the charger at
  4. Rebate can’t exceed the cost of purchasing and/or installing the charger
  5. The charger needs to be a Level 2 charger, with a minimum of 30 amps output capacity, and an SAE J1772 or Tesla plug.
  6. Your application must be submitted within 120 days from the date of the electric charger installation and purchase 


Application

In order to apply, you’ll need to submit the application along with copies of the invoice for the charger and installation. To download the application, click here. You’ll just mail or email those documents to the following address:


ems.answers@eweb.org 


EWEB Customer Solutions

500 E 4th Ave

Eugene, OR 97401


For the most updated information on this rebate, check out their website here.


Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging Rate Incentive - Portland General Electric 

Portland General Electric offers customers with a plug-in electric vehicle the option to choose a “time of use” pricing structure. This allows customers to get discounted electricity rates when they charge their vehicle at off-peak times of the day and week, such as the middle of the night and weekends. For more information about this special pricing plan, check out their website here.


Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate - Consumers Power Inc $50


Consumer Power Inc is giving a $50 bill of credit rebate to any customer that installs a level 2 qualifying charger after April 1, 2020.  The credit will be applied directly to your Consumer Power Inc account. 

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You are a Consumer Power Inc customer
  2. You have to purchase a level 2 charger that is “Connected Functionality Capable”. You can find the list of eligible chargers here.
  3. Your charger must be permitted, inspected, and approved by the guidelines of the National Electric Code along with city, county and state requirements. They recommend you have an electrician do it. 
  4. You need proof of purchase of the charger and installation. 


Application

The application is fairly straightforward, you can find the form here. You’ll fill that out and mail or email it to the following address:

info@cpi.coop


Consumer Power Inc., 

PO Box 1180, Philomath, OR 97370


For the most updated information on this rebate, check out their website here.

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