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DEQ broadens electric vehicle rebate program, making more Oregonians eligible

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has made big changes to the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program’s Charge Ahead Rebate, to broaden access to the program for lower-income Oregonians, the agency said Wednesday.

As of Jan. 1, 2022, low- and moderate-income households are eligible for $5,000 back with the purchase or lease of a new or used battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Previously, the Charge Ahead Rebate was $2,500. In addition, if the purchase or lease is a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, then the rebate can be combined with the Standard Rebate for up to $7,500 back.

The Oregon Legislature agreed to the increase in May 2021. It also expanded the Charge Ahead Rebate to make low-income service providers eligible for money back.

“The changes approved by the Environmental Quality Commission, make it easier for low- and middle-income Oregonians to purchase or lease electric vehicles,” said DEQ Air Quality Division Administrator Ali Mirzakhalili. “By taking advantage of the Oregon Clean Rebate Program, everyone in the state can actively participate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping to clean our air while saving money.”

New and simplified Charge Ahead Rebate eligibility requirements also went into effect as of the new year. Income eligibility is now determined as less than 400% of the federal poverty level per household. Prior to 2022, Charge Ahead Rebate recipients had to earn less than 120% of the area median income for their metropolitan area.

The new requirements ensure those households who can most benefit from the rebate are eligible, the DEQ said. Those unsure of their eligibility can check the Charge Ahead Rebate Income Eligibility Calculator here.

As of the end of December 2021, 14,421 Standard Rebates, 1,436 Charge Ahead Rebates and 620 combined Standard and Charge Ahead Rebates have been issued 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.

About the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

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  1. All the carrots on all the sticks will never force the adoption of electric cars. The only thing that will work is banning new gasoline cars and gasoline itself from being sold / manufactured.

    1. Gas cars are done. Some people just don’t know it yet. Electric cars will dominate, and do so on their own merits. Electric cars already dominate investment and manufacture. Many automakers have announced dates for their last gas vehicle. Tesla alone will soon be making more electric cars in Europe for Europe than all of Europe’s legacy gas automakers COMBINED. The reason is simple. Electric is vastly superior in economy, safety, longevity, ease of ownership, and for most, convenience. If you really want gas cars, you should probably make plans to set a few aside because the era is finished.

          1. Regressives will be outraged!!! The way forward is to regress backwards!!! Coal is the future!!! Possibly even coal powered cars!! I hear Idaho is considering offering coal rebates!!! LOL!!!

    2. Spoken like a Boomer. Just because you figured out Emojis last year, it doesn’t mean you’re at all clued in. Electric cars will be cash machines for the auto industry. They’re incredibly simple compared to fuel engines, and costs will be a fraction. The only reason it hasn’t happened more rapidly is the influence of the oil industry. Checkmate.

      1. EV’s still have challenges with range, recharge rate, and supportive infrastructure. The gas engine and the diesel engine will be around for another two decades or so.

        And let’s not forget the coming tsunamis of spent EV batteries headed toward the nation’s landfills.

  2. Got stuck on the mountain in my electric car battery went dead couldn’t plug it into the snow bank. Left car and hitchiked and got a ride from the gas car got home safely.

  3. Oh Gil, You are so clearly lying that it is not even funny. You obviously don’t know how EV’s work or you would know that the software in the vehicle would warn you about 40 times that you are going to run out of juice if you continue to ignore this warning. Kind of like that stupid yellow light on your gas guzeller that tells you when you are running out of petrol. Only better. I had a girlfriend in college that assumed that when the oil light came on she could ignore it until it turned red. Guess what happened. Ignorance should not be spread so freely. Please stop.

  4. While EVs have issues, they are the future, like it or not. Either tech will provide these absurd ranges people demand but don’t use, or people will adjust their lives to shorter range trips. Nobody is saying the oil vehicle will be gone overnight. But the end is rapidly approaching as a better method exists that provides a much higher margin of profit for the auto manufacturers. Why do you care so much about the battery waste? All vehicles have end of life waste. I’m not sure your point. Soon there will be consolidation and standardization that will allow faster/cheaper and range, and recycling for batteries.

  5. I do hope everyone wealthy enough to purchase an electric car with taxpayer dollars will write a “thank you” note to the poor taxpayers subsidizing their purchase who can not afford a new electric car. It’s good to be rich living off the backs of the poor. Keep it coming Joe.

    1. Or the poor living off the backs of the successful like virtually every red county in Oregon lives off massive federal and state handouts!!! Of course the hated Affordable care act leads the way in handouts to these backwards and failed communities!!!! Soooooo losing for trump kooks these days!!!

  6. Time will tell as to how many EV’s you see out and about in the Northern hemisphere in the winter in sub freezing temp’s or blistering heat ,both of which are battery enemies and or using heaters or AC stuck in traffic.
    IMO there is nothing comparable to a car which is simply engineered (unlike todays rigs) and get 30-50 MPG as a lot of the 80’s little cars did which were also almost 90 to 95 % recyclable into a new car VS cars today which dont come close including EV’s.
    EV’s remind me of any modern electronic item sold,use and toss rather than rebuild and keep using,many EV batteries are cost-prohibitive to replace after a few years so most just trade-in or buy new again,too many down sides to EV’s for practical every day use-I wonder who’s pocket’s these “rebates” are coming from…Im burning fossil fuels for a while longer for good reasons and buying or owning 1 or 2 vehicles every 20 years instead of 2 or 4 and being able to refill in the middle of nowhere in minutes from a can.

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