Electric vehicle sales in Oregon skyrocketed in 2022 and are projected to continue rising throughout 2023. An Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson reported there was a total of over 57,000 registered electric vehicles within the state and an average of 1,000 vehicles being registered per month during 2022. Oregon was No. 2 in the nation for new electric vehicles sold throughout 2021, and in 2022 they held that spot in a tie with Hawaii and Washington state.
Oregon has been making changes and working towards goals to make their state run on clean energy. They have adopted rules for car manufacturers to increase the number of zero-emissions vehicles available by 2035. The state is offering its own rebates that allow up to $7,500 for new electric vehicles based on the buyer’s income. Those rebates offered by Oregon are separate from the National Inflation Acts electric vehicle rebates. Oregon communities have also been aiming to increase the number of EV charging stations available for drivers. The increased EV charging stations will help local residents find places to charge if they cannot accommodate them in their homes, as well as helping long distance travelers have somewhere to stop and charge their vehicles. Oregon started their states rebate program in 2018 and has granted more than $63 million to EV drivers in rebates.
Federal rebates are being granted through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program and the Inflation Reduction Act. Grants and other rebates can be granted through different branches of the government like the IRS, EPS, USDOT and more. Some of these may be able to be stacked along their own states rebate programs if EV drivers qualify.