Posts tagged Electric Vehicles
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:

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.

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


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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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

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.

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