Supreme Court ruling will help Oregonians buy more electric cars

People learn about new electric cars at the PDX Auto Show earlier this year.

The Oregon Supreme Court delivered a ruling today that clears the way to help thousands of Oregonians, including low-income families, buy electric cars with the help of state rebates.

“These rebates will help Oregonians breathe easier knowing that many more families will be able to afford clean cars that emit no pollution,” said Oregon Environmental Council Deputy Director Chris Hagerbaumer. “We hope that as Oregonians see more electric cars on the road, they’ll be inspired to learn about state incentives aimed at transitioning from polluting fossil fuels to cleaner energy.”

Oregonians can get up to $2,500 toward the purchase or lease of new plug-in hybrids or battery-only electric cars with base retail prices of less than $50,000. Buyers with low and moderate incomes can qualify for an additional rebate of up to $2,500.

Justices ruled that the funding legislation adopted in 2017 did not violate the Oregon Constitution in response to a petition filed by Oregon AAA, the Oregon Trucking Association and other parties last November.

 

PLUG IN FOR THE WIN: Click here to learn more about Oregon Environmental Council’s case for why all Oregonians should consider buying an electric cars, and the challenges we face toward a transition to clean-energy roadways.


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