I just passed the five-month mark as Forth’s first Director of Government Relations and I have been working diligently on one of my first priorities, securing passage of an electric vehicle rebate during Oregon’s 2017 Legislative Assembly. Sponsored by Representative Helm, HB 2704 will establish rebates of up to $2,500 for passenger cars, larger rebates for electric transit buses, and a pilot “cash for clunkers” project in a low income, disadvantaged community.
The Legislature convened February 1, and a public hearing and work session on HB 2704 were held in the House Committee on Energy and the Environment on February 8 and March 22 respectively. The bill passed out of the Committee with the support of key industry partners and is now in the House Revenue Committee.
There is plenty of evidence that “cash on the hood” incentives are the best way to drive increased electric vehicle sales. They’ve worked in California, Washington, and Norway. And we’ve also seen the opposite, when electric vehicle sales dropped 80% after Georgia eliminated its state incentive.
While this bill could stand alone, we would like electric vehicle point-of-purchase rebates to be included within the $8 billion Joint Committee on Transportation and Preservation and Modernization Proposal released recently.
Show Your Support Today!
HB 2704 is the single most important electric vehicle legislation being considered this session. Please email members of the Committee (contact information below) and encourage them to include and fund electric vehicle rebates in the transportation proposal!
If your time is limited, please email the two Co-Chairs and two Co-Vice Chairs, who have a key role in shaping the discussions.
Lastly, pledge your support for HB 2704 by adding your name here!
For more information about our legislative and policy work, please contact me at any time. Thank you for your on-going support!
Oregon State Legislature – Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization
Co-Chair Senator Lee Beyer
Co-Chair Representative Caddy McKeown
Co-Vice Chair Senator Brian Boquist
Co-Vice Chair Representative Cliff Bentz
Senator Fed Girod
Senator Betsy Johnson
Senator Rod Monroe
Senator Kathleen Taylor
Senator Jackie Winters
Representative John Lively
Representative Susan McLain
Representative Andy Olson
Representative Greg Smith
Representative Barbara Smith Warner