Eligibility Guidelines

×Due to overwhelming demand and limited funding, rebates were suspended on May 1, 2023. Any vehicles purchased or leased on or after May 1, 2023 are not eligible to apply for the rebate. The program anticipates reopening in spring 2024. Low- and moderate-income households can prequalify for the $5,000 Charge Ahead rebate by completing the application now at https://apps.oregon.gov/DEQ/Voucher/apply.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to participate in the Program. All applicant eligibility requirements can be found in the OCVRP Implementation Manual. Eligibility requirements differ depending on which rebate you apply for.

Rebate availability is dependent on program funding at the time of vehicle purchase or lease. Due to overwhelming demand and limited funding, rebates will be suspended as of May 1, 2023. Any vehicles purchased or leased on or after May 1, 2023, will not be eligible for a rebate or be eligible to apply once the program reopens. Once funding is available again, the program will announce its reopening.

Standard Rebate

Oregon Residents

The Standard Rebate provides up to $2,500 toward the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles. Standard Rebate Applicants must:

  • Be an Oregon resident
  • Purchase or lease an eligible vehicle or zero-emission motorcycle. Original leases must be for a minimum of 24 months.
  • Register the vehicle in Oregon and retain registration for at least 24 months
  • Apply for the Standard Rebate at point of sale at a Participating Dealership OR submit a post-purchase rebate application within six (6) months after the purchase or lease date.

Organizations

Are you a business, nonprofit or Oregon State government or municipal agency? If so, you can apply for the Standard Rebate for up to 10 vehicles per calendar year. To qualify for the Standard Rebate, you must:

  • Be based in Oregon or have an Oregon-based affiliate at the time the eligible vehicle is purchased or leased
  • Purchase or lease a new electric vehicle
  • Register the vehicle in Oregon and retain registration for at least 24 months
  • Submit your rebate application within six (6) months after the purchase or lease date. Standard Rebates are not offered at dealership point of sale; business, nonprofits and government agencies can only apply post-purchase.
  • Submit annual usage data (eVMT) to DEQ for two (2) years

Charge Ahead

The Charge Ahead Rebate provides low- to moderate-income households and low-income service providers a $5,000 rebate toward the purchase or lease of eligible new or used zero-emission vehicles. Charge Ahead Rebate Applicants must:

  • Be an Oregon resident, who resides in a low- or moderate-income household. Applicants must have household income of:
    • Less than 400% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify
  • Be a low-income service provider that provides health, dental, social, financial, energy conservation or other assistive services to low or moderate income households in Oregon and registered as a 501(c)(3)
  • Purchase or lease an eligible new or used vehicle from a dealer. No person-to-person sales are eligible.
  • Register the vehicle in Oregon and retain registration for at least 24 months
  • Obtain a Charge Ahead Prequalification Voucher through DEQ's online application form if you are an Oregon resident looking to purchase or lease a new, eligible EV directly at a dealership
  • Submit either a point of sale application at a participating dealership (Oregon residents only), or a post-purchase rebate application within six (6) months after the purchase or lease date
  • Complete and pass income verification. You must provide proof of participation in an eligible public assistance program at the time the vehicle was purchased or leased OR provide a completed Household Summary Form and 4506-C Form for each member of your household at the time of vehicle purchase or lease. If you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you are not eligible for this rebate. If you have not filed your taxes for the year your vehicle was purchased or leased, additional financial documentation may be necessary. For Oregon residents that are planning to apply through dealership point of sale, you must first get prequalified through DEQ's Charge Ahead Prequalification online application form.

Eligible public assistance programs include:

For the purpose of the Program, a household is defined as an individual living alone, a family with or without children or a group of individuals who are living together as one economic unit. Household income is your gross annual income, which includes but is not limited to the following: wages, unemployment, worker’s compensation, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, veteran’s payments, survivor benefits, pension or retirement income, interest, dividends, royalties, income from estates, trusts, educational assistance, alimony, child support, assistance from outside the household and any other sources of income.

The income requirement varies depending on where you live in Oregon. Use the Income Eligibility Calculator to determine if your household income qualifies for the Charge Ahead Rebate.

Income Calculator

The income requirement varies depending on where you live in Oregon. Use the Income Eligibility Calculator to determine if your household income qualifies for the Charge Ahead Rebate.

Vehicle Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Program, your vehicle must be an eligible vehicle at the time of your purchase or lease.

Standard Rebate

Vehicles must meet all eligibility requirements that include, but are not limited to:

  • Be on the Standard Rebate Eligible Vehicles List.
  • Be a new eligible vehicle (see OCVRP Terms and Conditions) as indicated on the purchase or lease agreement.
  • Be purchased through a licensed vehicle dealer or an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that does not have licensed dealerships in the state of Oregon. No person-to-person sales are eligible. No aftermarket conversions are eligible.
  • Have a base manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $50,000 or less.

Charge Ahead Rebate

New and used vehicles are eligible for Charge Ahead. Vehicles must meet all eligibility requirements that include, but are not limited to:

  • Be on the Charge Ahead Rebate Eligible Vehicle List.
  • Used vehicles must have met eligibility requirements for the Standard Rebate at time of vehicle manufacture.
  • Be purchased through a licensed vehicle dealer or an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that does not have licensed dealerships in the state of Oregon. No person-to-person sales are eligible.
  • Have an original base manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $50,000 or less.
  • Zero-emission motorcycles are not eligible for a Charge Ahead Rebate.

Please review the OCVRP Implementation Manual for more details on vehicle eligibility.