Frequently Asked Questions

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The Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program is open from April 3 through June 3, 2024. Funding for the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program has now run out.

If you purchase or lease an eligible vehicle from April 3, 2024, through June 3, 2024, you still have up to six months after the date of that purchase or lease to apply for a rebate. However, you may be placed on a waiting list to be paid once DEQ receives funding in early spring 2025.

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Program FAQs

For the Standard Rebate 

  • $2,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle with a battery capacity of 10 kWh or more.
  • $1,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle with a battery capacity of less than 10 kWh.
  • $750 toward the purchase or lease of an eligible zero-emission motorcycle.

For the Charge Ahead Rebate

  • $7,500* toward the purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle with a battery capacity of 10 kWh or more.
  • $6,500* toward the purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle with a battery capacity of less than 10 kWh.
  • $5,000 towards the purchase or lease of a used eligible vehicle.
  • Zero-emission motorcycles are not eligible for the Charge Ahead rebate.

*The “Standard Rebate” is included in this amount.

Once an application has been approved, we will send an email from oregoncvrp@energycenter.org

Rebate funds will be distributed within 75 calendar days of application approval, contingent upon availability of funds.

Individuals (Oregon Residents) can apply for the Standard or Charge Ahead Rebate at the time of purchase or lease, called point of sale, of a new or used vehicle at a Participating Dealership. Only Participating Dealerships may offer the rebate at the point of sale. You can find the locations of Participating Dealers on this map. If you purchased or leased your vehicle through a Participating Dealer, the dealership will complete and submit the application on your behalf; you will receive the rebate amount off the purchase or lease price.

To receive the Charge Ahead Rebate and the point of sale, applicants must first apply for and be issued a Charge Ahead Prequalification Voucher. Applicants can apply to be prequalified by visiting the application page (completing the application) to verify their income meets the eligibility requirements. Without a Charge Ahead Prequalification Voucher, applicants must apply post purchase for the Charge Ahead rebate. Validity of the voucher must be confirmed by the dealer prior to applying the rebate to the purchase or lease.

Organizations (business, nonprofits, and government agencies) cannot apply at point of sale.

Yes, you must submit a rebate application within six (6) months of the date of purchase or lease of your vehicle. For vehicles ordered from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), the date of first registration will be considered the date of purchase or lease.

For mailed-in applications, the post-mark date will be used to determine eligibility.

Oregon Residents
If you have not yet purchased or leased a new, eligible EV, you can visit a participating dealership to apply directly at the point of sale. Applicants eligible for the Charge Ahead rebate will need to first get prequalified through DEQ's income verification portal.

Standard and Charge Ahead Rebate for Residents
If you have already purchased or leased your vehicle, start by creating a program account on the online portal. After creating your account you will land on your program dashboard where you can begin a rebate application. The following documents will be required to submit your rebate application:

  • Proof of Oregon residency
  • Complete purchase/lease agreement
  • Proof of vehicle registration (temporary or permanent)
  • Proof of income document (Charge Ahead only)


Standard Rebate for Organizations and Charge Ahead Rebate for low-income service providers
Start by creating a program account on the online portal. After creating your account, you will land on your program dashboard where you can begin a rebate application. The following documents will be required to submit your rebate application:

  • Attestation Form
  • Complete purchase/lease agreement
  • Proof of vehicle registration (temporary or permanent)
  • Business license or articles of incorporation
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) (Charge Ahead Low-income service provider only)

Low-income service providers that are eligible for the Charge Ahead rebate will need to attest to being registered as a 501(c)(3) that provides health, dental, social, financial, energy conservation or other assistive services to low- or moderate-income households in Oregon.

No, we are unable to accept emailed applications due to security and privacy concerns. Please apply online by creating a program account on the online portal. You may request a paper application by mail by emailing oregoncvrp@energycenter.org.

Once we have received your application, we will send an email from oregoncvrp@energycenter.org with additional steps. After reviewing your application, CSE will notify you of your eligibility by email. The notification will state your application (a) is approved, (b) is incomplete and you will need to send additional information or (c) is ineligible and you do not qualify for a rebate.

If applying for a Charge Ahead Prequalification Voucher, you will need to provide DEQ with information about your household size, members, contact information and either:

  1. Proof of current enrollment in an eligible public assistance program (a detailed list can be found below), or
  2. Authorization for the Department of Revenue to review your Oregon State Tax transcripts to verify you meet the income requirements.

If applying post-purchase or lease, you will need to submit a completed and signed IRS Form 4506-C and a Household Summary Form OR proof of enrollment in an eligible public assistance program at the time your vehicle was purchased. If you participated in a public assistance program at the time you purchased or leased your vehicle, an IRS Form 4506-C form is not required. Please provide documentation indicating program participation for the year in which you applied for the rebate. Accepted public assistance programs include:

  • Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid
  • SNAP: Acceptance Letter
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
  • HUD Housing Choice Voucher
  • LIHEAP (home energy assistance)
  • Employment-related daycare
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Trimet reduced fare program for low-income rider
  • Individual Development Account (IDA) holder

For Applicants who are not qualified through a public assistance program and have not filed the tax year requested, CSE will request income and asset documentation. Examples of additional documentation may include W-2s, bank statements, etc.

Please see the OCVRP Implementation Manual for additional detail.

CSE will complete Income Verification for the year the vehicle was purchased or leased. CSE will request a tax transcript from the IRS for the Applicant, and all other household members age 18 and older, from the year the vehicle was purchased or leased. If the tax transcript for that year is not available at the time the application is processed, the tax transcript from the previous year as required to have been filed by the IRS will be requested.

Please see the OCVRP Implementation Manual for additional detail.

The Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (OCVRP) reviews your households total adjusted gross income (AGI) to determine income eligibility.

The Administrator will review the following sections of an applicant’s federal tax return to determine the annual adjusted gross income:

  1. On IRS Form 1040: Line 11

DEQ can provide documents in an alternate format or in a language other than English upon request. Call DEQ at (800) 452-4011 or email deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

Yes. In order to receive a rebate, your vehicle must be purchased through a licensed vehicle dealership or an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). If a vehicle is purchased through an OEM, the OEM cannot have any licensed, franchised, new automobile dealerships in Oregon.

No, only Oregon residents or business, nonprofits, and government agencies domiciled in Oregon qualify for the rebate. The vehicle must also be registered in Oregon for two years.

If the buyer is an Oregon resident and the vehicle is registered in Oregon, vehicles purchased outside of Oregon may qualify. If purchasing a vehicle outside of Oregon, the vehicle will be subject to the Oregon Vehicle Use Tax.

Using Internet Explorer (IE) for the online application process is no longer supported. You may encounter performance or functional issues when using this browser to submit an application. For the best experience, we recommend using the most current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge when applying.

An organization that provides health, dental, social, financial, energy conservation or other assistive services to low or moderate income households in Oregon. Providers must be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization based in Oregon or have an Oregon-based affiliate at the time the eligible vehicle is purchased or leased.

Charge Ahead Applicants can apply for a prequalification voucher through a DEQ webform. Applicants must complete a webform providing DEQ with their name, driver’s license number, contact information, household member information and proof of income eligibility. Proof of income can be demonstrated by providing proof of enrollment in an approved public assistance program or by authorizing the Department of Revenue to verify household income through State of Oregon tax transcripts.

Dealer FAQs

Dealers can apply to be a participating dealership anytime. Before starting the enrollment process please review the step by step instructions on the Become a Participating Dealership page.

To provide the rebates as "cash on the hood”, you will need to collect, complete and submit the following information for each Applicant.

  1. Proof of temporary or permanent Oregon vehicle registration
  2. Copy of the sales or lease contract
  3. Proof of Oregon residency (e.g., Oregon driver license)
  4. A signed Rebate Assignment Form
  5. A valid Charge Ahead Prequalification Voucher number. (Charge Ahead only)

The Participating Dealer must fill out the point-of-sale application online on behalf of the Applicant. The Applicant must sign the Rebate Assignment Form, and the dealer must upload the Rebate Assignment Form to the online application as a required document.

No, all dealership point-of-sales applications must be completed online and submitted electronically through the dealership program account on the secure OCVRP website.

Vehicles must be continuously registered in Oregon for at least two (2) years. Vehicles must be purchased through a vehicle dealership licensed in the state of Oregon or an original equipment manufacturer that does not have licensed dealerships in the state of Oregon; no person-to-person sales are eligible.

DEQ receives annual funding for the rebate program. Rebate availability depends on program funding.

Due to high demand and limited funding, OCVRP will only be open for a short time in 2024. Vehicles must be purchased or leased between April 3, 2024, to June 3, 2024, to be eligible for a rebate. Applicants have six months from their date of purchase or lease to apply for a rebate.