Pacific Power Offering Oregon Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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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.

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

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.

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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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 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:


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.

Ready to go electric? Find the right EV for you! Already drive an electric vehicle? Share a glamour shot of your ride on social media using the hashtag #GoElectricOR. We may feature your wheels on our website. 

Emerald PUD Celebrates Carbon Credits & EV Chargers August 14

Emerald People's Utility District will dedicate five new electric vehicle chargers at their Eugene office on August 14.

EPUD is the first utility to sell credits under the Oregon Clean Fuels program. The proceeds helped install the EV chargers, which will be used for fleet, employee, and guest charging. 


A representative from Governor Kate Brown's office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will join EPUD for the dedication celebration. To attend, RSVP to Patty Jo by August 10. 

Carbon Credit & EV Charger Dedication
August 14, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Emerald People's Utility District
33733 Seavey Loop Rd.
Eugene, OR 97405

Tesla Motors Reaches 200,000 Vehicles Sold in the U.S.

Tesla Motors has officially sold 200,000 vehicles in the United States, the automaker reports. 

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This means that the federal electric vehicle tax credit for Teslas will begin to phase out, with a reduction from $7,500 to $3,750, then from $3,750 to $1,875. Tesla is the first automaker to sell 200,000 or more electric vehicles!

While the federal tax credit will phase out for Teslas specifically, it's still available for other all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

For Oregonians purchasing or leasing EVs, the Department of Environmental Quality has a rebate program, as do several Oregon utilities. 

Need help finding the perfect electric vehicle? We've got you covered!

Forth & City of Lake Oswego to Hold Ride & Drive August 26
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Nonprofit Forth, in partnership with the Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board and Lake Oswego Sustainability Network are hosting an electric vehicle Ride & Drive event on Sunday, August 26.

Compare EV models, go for a test drive, and get answers to your EV questions from experts and EV drivers!

Electric Vehicle Fair
Sunday, August 26, 2018  |  1 - 5 p.m.
Oswego Heritage House
398 10th St. Lake Oswego


Oregon Signs On to Nine-State Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan
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Nine states, including Oregon, have signed on to a Multi-State Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan, which outlines recommendations that states and electric vehicle partners can take to boost EV adoption and support charging infrastructure across the country.

Oregon’s goal is to have at least 50,000 registered electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on our roads by 2020.

Help us get there!

In the news: 
ZEV market entering 'new phase of development,' says 9-state coalition

Offer Your Two Cents on Oregon’s EV Charging Infrastructure Proposal – Comments Due July 11!

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality wants to hear from you!

DEQ, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, is requesting public comments on a proposal to use a portion of Oregon’s share of the Volkswagen diesel settlement to support state efforts to electrify the transportation sector.

The VW Settlement decree allows up to 15 percent of each state’s allocation – for Oregon, that’s approximately $10.9 million – to be used to develop and maintain EV charging stations. Oregon’s EV Infrastructure Proposal offers strategies for how that funding could be used to boost charging infrastructure and support EV adoption. 

The proposal has three action areas: updating the West Coast Electric Highway to extend usage; increasing charger access at multi-unit dwellings; and filling gaps in the charging network with DC fast chargers. DEQ’s website has more detailed information, plus thought-provoking questions to consider as you offer your comments.

Throughout this public comment period, DEQ will gather input from Oregonians to inform the Oregon Legislature as it weighs funding decisions. The Legislature is responsible for approving how VW Settlement funds are spent in Oregon. 

Learn more and share your thoughts about electric vehicle charging by visiting DEQ’s website or by attending a public informational meeting on June 26. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on July 11 to

Oregon’s EV Infrastructure Proposal – Details and Public Comment and Meeting Info

  • Not sure where to start? State agencies put together a straw proposal to get the ideas flowing.
Calling all EV Fans! Forth's Roadmap Conference is June 19

Forth, a nonprofit focused on advancing electric, smart, and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest, is hosting Roadmap 11 on June 19-20 in Portland. 

The Roadmap conference brings together nearly 100 national and international speakers, exhibits, smart mobility tours, and interactive sessions (electric wine tasting tour, anyone?). 

Not to mention an opportunity to cruise some of the latest and greatest electric vehicle models.

Learn more about Roadmap 11, or register to attend