Hillsboro Electric Avenue Grand Opening May 18
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Portland General Electric and the City of Hillsboro will celebrate the grand opening of Hillsboro’s Electric Avenue on Saturday, May 18.

In an effort to support the transition to electric vehicles in Oregon, Portland General Electric is expanding its Electric Avenues – clusters of EV charging stations in local communities. PGE has five Electric Avenue locations currently operating or under construction. The Hillsboro location joins operating avenues in Milwaukie and downtown Portland, and each offers four DC fast chargers and two Level 2 chargers.

Grab a snack and enjoy a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., and stick around for a Ride & Drive with nonprofit Forth.

Hillsboro Electric Avenue Grand Opening
May 18, 2019  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2105 SE Tualatin Valley Highway (Sunset Esplanade)

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive in Independence May 11

Join the City of Independence, nonprofit Forth, Pacific Power, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a fun electric vehicle Ride & Drive on Saturday, May 11.

The Ride & Drive is at Independence’s “Touch-a-Truck” event in Riverview Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grab a donut and learn more about EV options. Cars available for test drives include a Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and BMW i3 Rex. While you’re there, check out the many trucks on display, and see a hybrid electric bucket truck!

Test drives are first-come, first serve for drivers 21 and older — be sure to bring your valid driver’s license!

Independence Ride & Drive
May 11, 2019 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Riverview Park, 60 C St in Independence

$3,500 off a 2019 Nissan LEAF is Back!
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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 customers an extra $3,500 off the purchase price of a 2019 Nissan LEAF or $2,500 off a 2019 Nissan LEAF Plus — now through July 1!

Find details on our Incentives & Rebates page.

Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns, Creative Commons on Flickr.

Interagency EV Group to Hold Public Meeting May 17
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The Zero Emission Vehicle Interagency Working Group (ZEVIWG) invites the public to join its meeting on May 17 to share progress towards the Governor’s Executive Order 17-21, which focuses on tackling cost, infrastructure, and information gaps in order to help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. 

At the meeting, the ZEVIWG will:

  • Share information and hear feedback on its progress toward the Directives in the Governor’s Executive Order No. 17-21.

  • Hear about your work on EV adoption and awareness in your communities and organizations, especially where your work aligns with the activities of the ZEVIWG.

  • Work with you to identify and consider ways to address barriers to equitable, widespread adoption of electric vehicles in Oregon.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please feel free to submit comments, questions, and your community or organization's EV-related milestones by email to evan.m.elias@oregon.gov. We look forward to your participation and input.

ZEVIWG Public Meeting
Friday, May 17, 2019  |  10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Portland State Office Building
Conference Room 1A
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, OR 97232
Meeting Announcement  |  Agenda


If you need special accommodations to participate in the meeting, please contact Linda Ross at 503-378-6874 or at linda.ross@oregon.gov at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.


 

About the ZEVIWG 

The Governor's EO 17-21 also established the ZEVIWG, an interagency group including the Oregon Department of Energy, Department of Administrative Services, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Transportation, and Public Utility Commission, tasked with implementing the EO and meeting the Governor’s 50K by 2020 goal.

Learn more about the ZEVIWG

 

Pacific Power Offers Grants for EV Charging Infrastructure
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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 3 starts now, and applications are due May 15.

More information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, is available on Pacific Power’s website. Pacific Power will also host a webinar for grant seekers on April 30 at 11 a.m. Email Pacific Power to sign up!

TriMet Unveils First All-Electric Bus in Portland

TriMet’s first all-electric public bus will officially enter full-time service this week!

It’s a New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE bus (coolest name ever), and has been driving in test runs for the past few weeks. The electric bus will run on TriMet’s Line 62, between the Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton and Washington Square Mall.

TriMet has purchased a total of five electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses, with help from a federal grant and support from Portland General Electric. Even better — the buses will be charged using electricity produced from renewable wind power.

This exciting milestone is part of TriMet’s goal to convert its entire diesel-powered fleet to electric, zero emission vehicles by 2040. Read more in The Oregonian.

Cadillac and Chevrolet Reach 200,000 Sales — Tax Credit Values Reduced

Cadillac and Chevrolet have joined automaker Tesla in reaching 200,000 electric vehicle sales in the United States — their EV models will now qualify for federal tax credits of up to $3,750.

The federal government’s Zero Emission Vehicle Incentive Program means each automaker’s eligible plug-in vehicles can receive a tax credit of up to $7,500 (based on vehicle battery size) until 200,000 eligible vehicles per manufacturer are registered in the U.S. After this point, the credit for that particular manufacturer will be reduced and phased out over time.

As of April 2019, Tesla, Cadillac, and Chevrolet have reached 200,000 sales, so models now have a reduced tax credit value of $3,750. Tesla buyers have until the end of June 2019 to receive the credit before it is further reduced; Cadillac and Chevrolet buyers have until the end of September 2019. After that, buyers can receive a tax credit up to $1,875.

Remember, EV incentives can be stacked — the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is offering rebates of up to $5,000 for EV buyers in Oregon. Some local utilities are also offering rebates for their customers. Check out Oregon’s current incentives.

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.