Buying an electric vehicle
Federal: Slash the sticker price with a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. It’s available for new all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
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Oregon: Thanks to years of hard work by Forth and our partners, Oregon now has a purchase rebate for new all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and an additional $2,500 for lower-income drivers to buy new or used electric cars. Any purchase made after January 1, 2018 should be eligible for the rebate, with three important caveats:
- Buyers must fill out a Phase I application within six months of purchase (fill it out here).
- The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed draft rules, which it expects to have finalized by May. Once the rules are established, buyers will be required to fill out a Phase II application.
- A lawsuit filed by Oregon/Idaho AAA will likely delay DEQ’s ability to pay out rebates until Summer 2018 at the soonest; if successful, the lawsuit would eliminate funding for rebates altogether.
DEQ is accepting public comments on its draft rules through March 14. We encourage you to submit comments using DEQ’s simple online form. Please thank DEQ for (1) offering the full rebates allowed by law and (2) making all qualifying vehicles purchased after January 1, 2018 eligible for those rebates. For more information and to stay up to date on the rebate application process, sign up for our newsletter below and subscribe to updates directly from DEQ’s website.
Washington: Go electric to save big on taxes. Most electric vehicles are exempt from state sales tax.
Learn what qualifies
Installing a charging station
Oregon: Oregon’s tax credit paid back up to $750 to cover half the cost of buying and installing a charging station, but expired at the end of 2017. If you installed a charger during 2017, you can still claim the credit.
Washington: Pay no sales tax when purchasing and installing an electric vehicle charger.