Oregon doubles PEV rebates for lower-income households

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has changed the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. Low- and moderate-income households may now claim double the money, i.e. $5,000, to purchase or lease a new or used battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Oregon brought in the EV scheme in 2018. Previously, the Charge Ahead Rebate was $2,500. What is more, with the changes that came into effect on 1 January 2022, the Charge Ahead rebate can be combined with the Standard Rebate for up to $7,500 so that those switching to low-emission vehicles can claim up to $12,000.

According to the Oregon DEQ, income eligibility is now determined as less than 400% of the federal poverty level per household. Before 2022, Charge Ahead Rebate recipients had to earn less than 120% of the median income for their metropolitan area.

Looking back, the Department says that as of the end of December 2021, they issued 14,421 Standard Rebates, 1,436 Charge Ahead Rebates and 620 combined Standard and Charge Ahead Rebates since the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program launched in 2018. The Oregon Legislature makes $12 million available annually for the program. Thus far, more than $41 million has been issued in rebates.



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