Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

Buy a car with little or no money down….even a used one!

NOTE: There is also a Federal TAX CREDIT for those who qualify for purchase of a NEW Electric Vehicle.

There are rebates available for NEW, USED, and/or LEASED vehicles, some of which can be combined, depending on household income and type of vehicle. See below for details.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, electric vehicle purchases made in Oregon are eligible to submit an application for a rebate under the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate program. DEQ will require submission of a Phase 2 application at a later date, once funding is available. The Charge Ahead Cash Rebates for Low to Moderate Income individuals (Very lenient income guidelines) will be issued beginning June of 2019.  Individuals who believe they may qualify are encouraged to be pre-qualified so that you can purchase at any pre-authorized dealer. You may also use this through the Contractor after June 2019 when the Contractor is in place. If you have already purchased your vehicle, you may register, but you may need to wait to get your cash rebate.
You have many options of where to purchase or lease your new vehicle, or purchase your used vehicle, even out of state or online options may be included.
There are significant funds available for this program, with anticipated funding available for some 4,000 to 7,000 vehicles per year.


Governor Kate Brown has issued a mandate to have 50,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020. (As of December 2018, there are about 22,000 EV’s on the road.
In May 2018, the Zero Emission and Electric Vehicle Rebate rules were adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission (DEQ’s policy commission). Key program elements include:
  • Standard rebates of $1500 or $2500 towards the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle (rebate amount depends upon the battery capacity) (gas/electric hybrids are not included)
  • Charge Ahead rebates of $2500 for the purchase or lease of any new or used battery electric vehicle. Only low and moderate income households may qualify for the Charge Ahead rebates. (very lenient guidelines, use the tool at the DEQ webpage.
  • If you qualify as low to moderate income, you may combine both cash rebates up to a total of $5,000 on a new vehicle.
  • Eligible vehicles must have a base MSRP of less than $50,000
  • Beginning June 2019, DEQ will hire a Contractor for the program who will be able issue CASH ON THE HOOD rebates at dealerships selling appropriate electric vehicles.
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Key Elements:
  • Individuals must own the vehicle for at least 2 years, or return the entire rebate amount. However, individuals are not limited to how many vehicles they receive rebates for, as long as the individual and vehicle qualifies.
  • Nonprofit organizations may purchase up to 10 Electric Vehicles per year.


Where to find and finance used cars: (note, listing does not connote a recommendation)

NOTE: if you are concerned about your credit rating for financing, once rebates and down payment reach 40 to 50% of value, you may have success with the lenders below)

Platt Auto Group has sales staff who are members of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association who are knowledgeable about electric vehicles. They are in Milwaukee, Oregon.

Selco Credit Union

Puget Sound Consumers Credit Union

Beneficial Bank



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