Forth Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Event March 20 at Oregon's Capitol
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Oregon-based nonprofit Forth will be hosting an electric vehicle ride and drive event on Wednesday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the front steps of Oregon’s Capitol.

Say “hello!” to the Oregon pioneer before taking a seat in a Chevy Bolt, BMW i3, Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Prime, BMW 530e PHEV, or Subaru Cross Trek PHEV!

Test drives are free and open to everyone 21 and older with a valid driver’s license. Test drives are first come, first serve. Since Forth is a nonprofit, there’s no pressure to buy. It’s the perfect way to check out an electric vehicle.

State, federal, and local incentives could help you save $10,000 or more off the purchase of an EV. Learn more.

Chargeway Founder Joins Oregon Department of Energy Podcast

The Oregon Department of Energy’s latest Grounded podcast guest is Matt Teske, founder and CEO of Chargeway, an Oregon-based company focused on making it easy to charge your electric vehicle.

Chargeway’s innovative platform takes the guesswork out of how and where you charge your EV, using color-coded plug types and simple numbers for charging speed. The higher the number, the faster the charge.

Learn more about Chargeway and download the free app: www.chargeway.net

Oregon has a goal to have 50,000 registered electric vehicles on our roads by the end of 2020. You can help us get there! Find info about cars, charging, and available incentives and rebates. Combined incentives can save Oregon drivers over $10,000.



More Electrify America Chargers Coming to Pacific Northwest

On February 8, Electrify America announced funding for new electric vehicle charging infrastructure along some of Oregon’s busiest destination corridors.

As part of its settlement over illegal vehicle diesel emissions, Volkswagen established Electrify America, a company focused on investing nearly $2 billion in electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country. Funds will be distributed in four cycles over a 10-year period.

Oregon and Washington submitted a joint proposal for the Cycle 1 investments in 2017, which brought four DC Fast Chargers to locations along I-84 and I-5 in Oregon, as well as additional Level 2 charging in the Portland metropolitan area.

In early 2018, Oregon and Washington – along with several Oregon cities – developed a proposal for Cycle 2 investments that would further expand the Pacific Northwest’s charging network. Electrify America announced its funded Cycle 2 projects earlier this month, which include additional EV chargers along roadways to Central Oregon and out to the coast, providing drivers with more access to cities like Bend, Seaside, and Astoria.

It may be time to start planning your next EV road trip! Learn more about charging your electric vehicle at home or on the road.

Map courtesy of Electrify America.
Thumbnail photo courtesy of PlugShare, showing Electrify America charger in Huntington, Oregon.

Green 2, Blue 4, Red 6: Chargeway App Simplifies Electric Vehicle Charging

New models, improved battery life, and Oregon’s expanding network of electric vehicle chargers is making it easier than ever to go electric – and make sure you’re still road trip-ready.

Oregon-based Chargeway is making it even easier.

Rather than trying to decipher if your car needs a CHAdeMO, Combo charger, or something else, Chargeway has developed a simple color- and number-coded system to get you on the road faster.

Download Chargeway’s free app, enter your exact vehicle, and the tool will tell you which chargers work for your car: blue, green, and/or red. Corresponding numbers, 1-7, show you how fast you can charge… the higher the number, the faster the charge.

In addition to showing where compatible chargers are located near you, you can plot out a specific road trip and Chargeway will show you the best route to reach your destination, and where and how often you’ll need to stop to charge. Not to mention: they’ll point out nearby amenities so you can grab a snack or get a good night’s sleep while you plug in. The app will also tell you what company owns the charger, and whether you’ll need a membership or can pay by credit card.

Next up for the company? Building relationships with utilities and car dealerships to install Chargeway “beacons” in the dealers. The large, stand-up beacons offer bigger, interactive versions of the app so customers and sales people can walk through how the new car they’re considering will work for them.

2019 is shaping up to be a great year for electric vehicles. Learn about the incentives that can save you thousands.

Electric Vehicle Showcase Coming to Portland International Auto Show
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Bolts and e-trons and i3s, oh my!

Electric vehicles galore will be on display at the Portland International Auto Show from January 24-27 at the Oregon Convention Center.

An Electric Vehicle Showcase sponsored by the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association will have the latest and greatest in EVs, from all-electric plug-ins to hybrid models. The Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, Oregon Department of Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Transportation are teaming up at a booth outside the Showcase, so stop by to learn more about EV charging in Oregon, emerging technologies, and incentives!

Pacific Power Grants Support Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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PACIFIC POWER HAS OPENED A NEW ROUND OF GRANTS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE.

Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs to purchase and install charging stations. Eligible projects can include businesses installing chargers for employees and customers, multi-family housing, community car sharing programs, and others.

Projects will be selected quarterly through a competitive evaluation process, so act fast! Cycle 2 starts now, and applications are due February 15. Pacific Power expects to open its next round in April.

More information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, is available on Pacific Power’s website.

Nissan Partnering With Oregon Utilities for $3,500 Savings
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Great news for customers of the Eugene Water & Electric Board, Pacific Power, and Portland General Electric!

Nissan is partnering with the utilities to offer utility customers an extra $3,500 off the purchase price of a 2018 or 2019 Nissan LEAF, now through April 1 (no joke).

Find details on our Incentives & Rebates page.

Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns, Creative Commons on Flickr.

Oregon on the Move Along the West Coast Electric Highway

Life is a highway… and in Oregon, it’s an electric highway.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that Oregon drivers have traveled more than 3 million all-electric miles powered directly by ODOT’s West Coast Electric Highway network of chargers.

Our state has an ever-expanding network of chargers to keep electric vehicle drivers on the move. The West Coast Electric Highway is a network of fast-charging stations located every 25-50 miles along I-5, Highway 99, and other major roadways in the Pacific Northwest.

ODOT checked in with Oregon EV drivers to hear more about how they travel in all-electric style:

PGE Customers Can Get $3,000 Off a 2018 Nissan LEAF
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PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE A 2018 NISSAN LEAF BY JANUARY 1, 2019 CAN RECEIVE A $3,000 DISCOUNT ON THE PURCHASE PRICE, THANKS TO A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PGE AND NISSAN.

This can mean big savings for Oregon electric vehicle drivers. The $3,000 savings can be combined with a federal tax credit up to $7,500 and an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Vehicle Rebate of up to $5,000. 

The starting MSRP for a 2018 LEAF is about $30,000 -- with a combined manufacturer discount, federal tax credit, and state rebate, PGE customers could save more than a third of the cost of the brand new zero-emissions ride. 

Learn more on PGE's website

PGE to Rock Down to Second Electric Avenue in East Portland
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PGE’s downtown Electric Avenue

Portland General Electric announced today it will build a second electric vehicle charging hub in Portland — this time at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Blvd.

PGE’s first hub — known as Electric Avenue — is located downtown, and has charged more than 1.25 miles of driving since its installation in 2015.

“This new Electric Avenue charging hub is part of our continuing effort to increase access to electricity as transportation fuel for our entire region,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE.

The east side Electric Avenue site will have six stations and two types of connectors to fit a variety of vehicles. The standard charge fee is $3, a quick-charge is $5. PGE expects the second Electric Avenue to open next year.

Pacific Power Offering Oregon Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Photo: Pacific Power

Pacific Power is now offering grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for its non-residential customers.

Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs to purchase and install charging stations. Total grant funding is capped at $1.45 million through the end of 2019.

Projects will be selected quarterly through a competitive evaluation process, so act fast! Cycle 1 starts now, and applications are due November 15. Pacific Power expects to notify the first round of awardees in December.

More information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, is available on Pacific Power’s website.

Oregon Inches Closer to 50,000 EV Goal

Oregon moved a little closer to its goal to have 50,000 registered electric vehicles on our roads by the end of 2020.

As of June 30, 2018, we have 18,901 registered EVs! Even better, we added more charging options, with 1,272 public chargers in 528 locations statewide.

If you’re in the market for a new ride, it’s a great time to make the switch to an EV. Federal, state, and local incentives could help you save a third — or more — of the cost of a new electric vehicle.

Not sure if you’re ready to make the switch? Check out this helpful info to help you decide.

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Emerald PUD Customers: Get $100 When You Register an EV
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Emerald People’s Utility District in Eugene is offering its customers a $100 incentive for the purchase or lease of an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle!

EPUD customers will need to register their EVs with the utility to receive the $100 enrollment reward. Have two EVs? You get two $100 rewards! Eligible vehicles ned to have a minimum 2 kilowatt-hour battery.

Learn more on EPUD’s website.

Central Lincoln PUD Offers $250 Rebate for EV Charging Stations
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Great news for customers of Central Lincoln PUD: you can now qualify for a $250 rebate for installing a Level 2 electric vehicle charger!

A Level 2 charger uses the same outlet as a clothes dryer. The chargers range in price from about $500 up to $1,800. Central Lincoln PUD recommends consulting with a licensed electrician before deciding on a charger brand.

Residential, commercial, and industrial customers within Central Lincoln PUD’s territory are eligible for the rebate. Learn more in the utility’s latest Coastlines newsletter.

Learn more about charging at home or on the go!



City of Ashland Announces Empower EV Incentive Pilot Program

This week, the City of Ashland announced a new electric vehicle incentive program, Empower EV, through the Ashland Electric Utility.

Empower EV supports adoption of electric vehicles and workplace charging infrastructure in Ashland.

Ashland Electric Utility customers can qualify for a $300 rebate for qualifying new or used all-electric plug-in vehicles, or $200 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Businesses can apply for a $500 rebate to install a workplace EV charger.

The City of Ashland is expanding EV infrastructure and support as part of its Climate and Energy Action Plan.

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Eugene Water & Electric Board Customers Can Save $3,000 on a New Nissan LEAF!
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Great news for Eugene Water and Electric Board customers!

EWEB customers who purchase a 2018 Nissan LEAF by January 2, 2019 can receive a $3,000 discount on the purchase price, thanks to a partnership between EWEB and Nissan.

This can mean big savings for Oregon electric vehicle drivers. The $3,000 savings can be combined with a federal tax credit up to $7,500 and an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Vehicle Rebate of up to $5,000. 

The starting MSRP for a 2018 LEAF is about $30,000 -- with a combined manufacturer discount, federal tax credit, and state rebate, EWEB customers could save more than a third of the cost of the brand new zero-emissions ride. 

Learn more on EWEB's website

Plug In: Oregon Department of Energy Invites Oregonians to Celebrate National Drive Electric Week
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CONTACT:
Jennifer Kalez, 503-480-9239

SALEM – It’s National Drive Electric Week, and the Oregon Department of Energy wants Oregonians to know that now is a great time to go electric. From September 8-16, we’re celebrating zero emissions with plenty of torque, widespread availability of plug-in all-electric and hybrid vehicles, and an expanding network of charging infrastructure to support EV adoption.

With an array of financial incentives and rebates, Oregonians can save big by making the switch to an EV. The Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program offers savings of up to $5,000 for qualifying EVs. Combined with a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, you could save about a third of the cost of some EV models. “DEQ is excited to offer financial incentives through the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, which will reduce barriers to purchasing EVs, protect public health, and fight climate change,” said DEQ Director Richard Whitman.

Oregon electric utilities are also stepping up to support EV adoption. Eugene Water & Electric Board customers can qualify for a $300 rebate on new or used electric vehicles. Pacific Power customers can save an extra $3,000 on a 2018 Nissan LEAF if they buy before September 30.

EVs are fun to drive, with plenty of get-up-and-go. Plus, they are often less expensive to run and maintain than traditional gasoline cars. Five dollars’ worth of gasoline can get you about 47 miles down the road, while a $5 EV battery charge will take you about 176 miles! And with bigger, lighter batteries and more fast charging stations across the state, including along some of Oregon’s most scenic roadways, electric vehicles are road trip-ready.

EVs offer another important benefit: zero tailpipe emissions. “Electric vehicles are a better choice for our environment,” said Janine Benner, Oregon Department of Energy Director and EV owner. “Replacing traditional engines with zero emission vehicles can help reduce greenhouse gases and harmful air pollutants. That’s why we hope to have at least 50,000 registered EVs on Oregon roads by the end of 2020.”

Ready to take a test drive? National Drive Electric Week events are popping up in Oregon over the next week – check them out at driveelectricweek.org/events.php. From car shows to ride-and-drive events, there’s something for everyone. Head over to Sunriver for Midstate Electric Coop’s Electric Tailgate Party, take the scenic route to the beach for Drive Electric Yachats, or pop up to Wilsonville for the Portland General Electric and Oregon Electric Vehicle Association's Electric Test Drive and enter to win $5,000 off the purchase of an EV.

Learn more about EVs in Oregon, including how the State of Oregon is working to reach our 50,000 EV goal, on the Go Electric Oregon website: goelectric.oregon.gov

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EVs in the News: Oregonians Can Save Up to $12,500 on a New EV

Oregon's KGW news station is helping spread the word about electric vehicles in Oregon.

Earlier this week, they shared the great news about DEQ getting the green light to launch its Clean Vehicle and Charge Ahead rebate programs. 

"It means Oregon drivers can get more money on the hood for electric or plug-in vehicles," Jana Gastellum, climate program director for Oregon Environmental Council told KGW.

Read more on KGW News.

Pacific Power Customers Can Save an Extra $3,000 on a 2018 Nissan Leaf

Pacific Power customers who purchase a 2018 Nissan LEAF by January 2, 2019 can receive a $3,000 discount on the purchase price, thanks to a partnership between Pacific Power and Nissan.

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This can mean big savings for Oregon electric vehicle drivers. The $3,000 savings can be combined with a federal tax credit up to $7,500 and an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Vehicle Rebate of up to $2,500. 

The starting MSRP for a 2018 LEAF is about $30,000 -- with a combined manufacturer discount, federal tax credit, and state rebate, Pacific Power customers could save more than a third of the cost of the brand new zero-emissions ride. 

Learn more on Pacific Power's website

DEQ Gets Green Light to Launch EV Rebate Program

The Oregon Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

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Earlier this week, the Supreme Court published its opinion that will allow the State to collect a tax on car dealers; proceeds from the tax will fund the electric vehicle rebate program. Oregonians who purchase or lease qualifying all-electric or hybrid vehicles can apply for a rebate up to $2,500. 

The rebate program will help Oregon reach the electric vehicle adoption goals outlined in Governor Brown's Executive Order 17-21. Go electric and help Oregon reach 50,000 registered electric vehicles on our roads by 2020!

DEQ started accepting initial applications for rebates in January 2018. The agency will now move forward with the full program. 

In a news release today, DEQ Air Administrator Ali Mirzakhalili said, "The Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program will help improve public health by reducing vehicle emissions. DEQ has an opportunity to provide an incentive for Oregonians to contribute to a more sustainable future."

Learn more about the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.

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