Get Ready For Sales! Oregon Now Offers $2,500 EV Rebate

JUL 8 2017 BY MARK KANE 18

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Oregon has become a lot more EV friendly, as the Oregon House approved a $5.3 billion, 10-year transportation funding package (HB 2017), that includes plug-in vehicle incentives.

The major point are point-of-purchase rebates (full Bill details below):

  • up to $1,500 for plug-in cars with battery pack up to 10 kWh
  • up to $2,500 for plug-in cars with battery pack over 10 kWh
  • $50,000 vehicle price cap

Oregon intends to spend $12 million every year, over the next six years for the rebates.

Oregon is one of only two states one can pick up a Fiat 500e (so expect to see a lot more of the compliance-mobile inthe state soon)…we will let you guess the other state

If the driver qualifies as a low-to-moderate income earner, and will also scrap an older car at the same time (20+ years old), another $2,500 is added to the incentive from the “Charge Ahead” fund (for a total of up to $5,000). This rebates will be available also for used cars.

Separately, NEVs – neighborhood electric vehicles – and electric motorcycles will also get rebates – up to $750 from 2019.  The state also set fees for electric vehicles (at around $110 annually), but those will enter info force in 2020.

The program goes into effect on January 1st, 2018, but consumers have up to 6 months to apply…so there should not be any “crater” in EV sales between now and then.

Update (via Gary Exner/July 13th):  Looking at the Bill a little closer, it appears that it will apply to vehicles “purchased or leased on or after the effective date of this 2017 Act” (or 91 days after July 7th)…so October 6th appears to be magic date to get the rebate.

Bill details of interest:

ZERO-EMISSION AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATES
(Rebate Program; Provisions Operative January 1, 2018)
SECTION 149.

(3) The purchaser or lessee of a qualifying vehicle may apply for a rebate for a portion of the purchase price or may choose to assign the rebate to a vehicle dealer or lessor.

(6) Rebates for qualifying vehicles shall be set annually by the department as follows: (a) For light-duty zero-emission vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with an electrochemical energy storage capacity of 10 kilowatt hours or more, up to $2,500 but not less than $1,500. (b) For light-duty zero-emission vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with an electrochemical energy storage capacity of less than 10 kilowatt hours, up to $1,500 but not less than $750.

(7) To be eligible for a rebate, a person requesting a rebate under the program shall:

(a) Purchase or lease a qualifying vehicle. A lease must have a minimum term of 24 months.

(b) Provide proof of an intent to use the qualifying vehicle primarily on the public highways of this state, which may be satisfied by providing proof of registration of the qualifying vehicle in Oregon.

(c) Submit an application for a rebate to the administrator of the program within six months after the date of purchase of the qualifying vehicle or six months after the date the lease of the qualifying vehicle begins

Hat tip to Gary Exner/Oregon Electric Vehicle Association!

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18 Comments on "Get Ready For Sales! Oregon Now Offers $2,500 EV Rebate"

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SparkEV
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“The rebates will be available also for used cars.”

I think this just pushed up used EV prices by $2.5K.

Ocean Railroader
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Ocean Railroader

This to me is why rebates don’t work.

The money would have been better spent on quick chargers or removing road repair fees on EV’s.

unlucky
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unlucky

No kidding. I can hear the car transporters warming up to move all the lease return 500es from California up to Oregon for sale.

This may not reduce the price of used 500e’s in Oregon but it will certainly increase supply.

unlucky
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unlucky

I don’t know why I associated it with only 500es. It will boost supply of any lower-priced EV. Ford Focus Electrics, 500es, LEAFs, SparkEVs. They’re all surely heading north on I-5 racing to get on sale in Oregon before the others.

Asak
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Asak

That will probably happen to a certain extent, but ultimately CA is much larger than OR, so it’s not like they can just suck up all our used EVs. Although if they do, and they put them all on the road I guess that would make them a pretty green state.

DJ
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DJ

Finally. Time to buy/lease my next car using my OR family addresses 🙂

Way cheaper registration too!!

Dave86
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Dave86

State of Oregon has no sales tax, too. Vehicle registration isn’t very expensive in Oregon, too.

IRVIN DAWID
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Not quite, Dave.
Guess where the rebate $ come from?

A new half-cent sales tax, but only on motor vehicle sales!
https://www.planetizen.com/node/93714/

David Murray
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David Murray

I don’t think it is right to offer this sort of thing on used cars. By offering it on the new cars, it automatically adjusts the price of the used cars. For example, if you take away the federal rebate on new EVs, the price of used EVs will automatically go up.

Asak
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Asak

Offering the rebate on a new cars also makes sense because it puts more EVs on the road. A used car has already been sold once, so it was already on the road. I really don’t understand what they’re thinking offering it on used cars, especially because used EVs are already so cheap?

Rob Stark
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Rob Stark

TO fight the charge that EV incentives are for rich people only.

Even an employed Teenager can afford a used LEAF for an effective $2500.

Gary
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Gary
The main rebate is NOT available on used cars. 149(5) “Qualifying vehicle” means a motor vehicle that: (a) Is a: (A) Light-duty zero-emission vehicle; or (B) Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; (b) Is new, or has been previously used only as a dealership floor model or test-drive vehicle; (c) Has not previously been registered; (d) Is constructed entirely from new parts that have never been the subject of a retail sale; Only the “Charge Ahead” portion for low-moderate income consumers that scrap a 20+ yr old car is available on used purchases. SECTION 150. (8) To be eligible for a charge ahead rebate, a person requesting a rebate under the program must: (a) Be a member of a low income household or a moderate income household. (b) Reside in an area of this state that has elevated concentrations of air contaminants commonly attributable to motor vehicle emissions, such as particulate matter, benzene and nitrogen oxides, relative to other areas of the state. (c) Document that the person will scrap or otherwise render inoperable a high-emission passenger motor vehicle that, on the date of the rebate application, is registered as operable and has been continuously registered for the last two years. (d)… Read more »
FISHEV
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FISHEV

(b) Is new, or has been previously used only as a dealership floor model or test-drive
vehicle;
(c) Has not previously been registered;
(d) Is constructed entirely from new parts that have never been the subject of a retail
sale;

menorman
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menorman

I see a flood of used CA inventory heading up north in the near future. I bought my Leaf for $7500 here in CA, but a low-income Oregonian trading in an older car could effectively get it for $2500. That’s a hard deal to pass up.

speculawyer
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speculawyer

Most states (including Oregon) import gasoline. but electricity tends to be domestic… especially in hydropower blessed Oregon. so, by reducing the trade deficit, EVs will help boost local economies.

FISHEV
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FISHEV

The $50,000 MSRP limit is an interesting aspect. The Model 3 with options can only total $50K.

Base $36,200
70 kWh battery $46,200
Paint $47,700
SubZero $48,400

It would mean no AWD except with small battery and 220 mile range.

Base $36,200
AWD $41,200
Paint $42,700
SubZero $43,400

unlucky
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unlucky

Tesla has not released any pricing for the Model 3.

LA_Shannon
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LA_Shannon

All Model 3’s should qualify as the $50,000 limit is for the MSRB base price. HB2017 Sec 148(5)(B)(e) “Has a base manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $50,000”