How the Oregon Rebate for Electric Cars Works

In the next year, new rebates for electric cars will be available thanks to hard-fought work by OEC (and our partners) this last legislative session.

While you’re planning your next EV purchase, we thought we’d share a little more about how it will work, who it will impact and why it’s important (hint: clean air + better cost/mileage = ? ).

Oregonians eligible for rebate when they buy an eco-friendly car in 2018 (KPTV) 

Policy analyst Josh Goldman with the Union for Concerned Scientists explains the basics.

How the Oregon Rebate for Electric Cars Works

Goldman walks through which electric vehicles qualify for the rebate, how the electric vehicle rebate will be given and how the new policy includes additional rebates for low-income Oregonians, known as “charge ahead.”

And check out this cool tool:

Compare the costs of driving with electricity – e-Gallon

Fueling an electric vehicle in Oregon is like paying the equivalent of $0.97 for a gallon of gasoline. In addition, battery electric vehicles have fewer moving parts and don’t require oil changes, so electric vehicle maintenance costs have been estimated to be 35 percent lower than comparable gasoline vehicles.  The eGallon price is calculated using the most recently available state by state residential electricity prices. The state gasoline price above is either the statewide average retail price or a multi-state regional average price reported by EIA. The latest gasoline pricing data is available on EIA’s webpage. Find out more at


2 Replies to "How the Oregon Rebate for Electric Cars Works"

  • D. Wagner
    September 21, 2017 (4:21 pm)

    None of this provides a date that the rebate goes into effect for new EV purchases. Is this still not known?

    • Amy Lewin
      September 21, 2017 (4:40 pm)

      We know that the rebate will go into effect sometime in mid-2018. But the specific date is still not official as details are being finalized. Rest assured, once the team at OEC knows, we’ll share this important info with our community!

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