EV Benefits

×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.
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Photo by Forth Mobility

Electric cars drive much like traditional cars - the pedals, steering wheel and controls are the same. However, instead of only internal combustion engines, they are also powered partially or completely by rechargeable batteries. A battery electric car doesn't need gas, oil or transmission fluids - and require almost no maintenance costs.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles offer the zip of all-electric vehicles for shorter ranges, plus the convenience of a backup gasoline-powered engine to go longer distances.

Value and Reliability for Your Money

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Photo by Dylan VanWeelden
  • Nearly three times cheaper than gas. It’s like paying $1 per gallon.
  • Almost zero maintenance. Fewer parts and no transmission fluid or oil changes save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the car.
  • Charging is fast, easy and accessible. There are more than 1,600 public chargers in 600 locations across Oregon.
  • Convenient. No more gas station - charge your car at home, much like your smartphone, at work or on the go at one of the many publicly available charging stations.
  • Zero to 60 mph in seconds. In an all-electric car, power goes directly from the battery to the wheels, creating faster acceleration.
  • Silence is golden. Electric cars are nearly silent at all speeds.
  • Benefit to the environment. A battery electric car is oil-free and produces zero tailpipe emissions, while a plug-in hybrid greatly reduces the need to use gas. The batteries in both cars can be powered by renewable energy.