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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

  • $2,500 for Charge Ahead applicants with Date of Purchase/Lease before Jan 1, 2022.
  • $5,000 for Charge Ahead applicants with Date of Purchase/Lease on/after Jan 1, 2022.

Standard and Charge Ahead Rebates can be combined for up to $7,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle.

Yes, if you purchase or lease a new eligible vehicle and meet all requirements, you can apply for the Standard Rebate and Charge Ahead Rebate for a total rebate of up to $5,000.

WHO QUALIFIES? STANDARD REBATE CHARGE AHEAD REBATE
(purchase or lease through Dec. 31, 2021)
CHARGE AHEAD REBATE
(purchase or lease on or after Jan. 1, 2022)
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS Oregon residents, businesses, nonprofits & government agencies Oregon residents Oregon residents, low-income service providers
QUALIFYING VEHICLES New battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle New or used battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles New or used battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles
REBATE AMOUNT $750 for zero-emission motorcycles
$1,500 for battery under 10 kWh
$2,500 for battery 10 kWh or more
$2,500 $5,000
INCOME REQUIREMENT No income requirement Up to 120% of area median income (AMI) Up to 400% of the federal poverty guideline

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we have received your application, we will send an email from oregoncvrp@energycenter.org with additional steps. If your rebate application is approved, you will receive an email with an expected timeframe to receive your rebate.

Individuals (Oregon Residents) can apply for the Standard Rebate at the time of purchase or lease, called point of sale, at a Participating Dealership. Only Participating Dealerships may offer the rebate at 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.

Charge Ahead Applicants and 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.


Standard Rebate for Residents
Start by creating a program account on the online portal. After creating your account you will land on your program dashboard and have the ability to begin a standard rebate application. When applying, you will need to upload the following documents to complete your application:

  • Proof of Oregon residency
  • Complete purchase/lease agreement
  • Proof of vehicle registration


Standard Rebate for Organizations and Charge Ahead Applications
Mail your application packet. Please submit the following required documents:

  • Rebate Application form
  • Proof of Oregon residency
  • Complete purchase/lease agreement
  • Proof of vehicle registration

Mail the completed application packet to the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), the Program Administrator: Center for Sustainable Energy, Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, 3980 Sherman Street, Suite 170, San Diego, CA 92110.

For Charge Ahead rebate applications, additional documentation will be requested once your application is received by CSE:

  • Household Summary Form
  • Proof of Income: 4506-C for each household resident OR Proof of enrollment in a public assistance program

No, we are unable to accept emailed applications due to security and privacy concerns. Please mail your application to: Center for Sustainable Energy, Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, 3980 Sherman Street, Suite 170, San Diego, CA 92110.

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.

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:

  • Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid
  • SNAP: EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card or 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 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.

CSE verifies the total gross income from the sum of Lines 1–6 on IRS Form 1040; Line 7 is not used to calculate total gross income.

If applicable, CSE also verifies the total gross income from the sum of Lines 1-8 on IRS Schedule 1 (Form 1040 or 1040-SR). If Line 8 on “Other Income” is negative, then Line 8 will not be included as part of total gross income.

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.

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 apply for a Standard Rebate, 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

The up to $5,000 Charge Ahead Rebate for low- to moderate-income households is not offered at dealership point-of-sale. The Applicant must complete the Charge Ahead application after taking possession of the vehicle. To learn more and obtain a paper application, visit oregon.gov/deq/aq/programs/Pages/ZEV-Rebate.aspx.

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 $12 million a year from 2018 through 2023. Please visit the Available Funding page, to review current funding status.