As part of implementing the Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO), the City, UO and EWEB are partnering with local auto dealers to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to more households.
The three agencies are hosting free workshops all about buying and owning an electric vehicle. The rEV Up Eugene! Workshop covers everything buyers need to know about EVs, including fuel costs, carbon emissions, battery range, charging options, maintenance, and federal, state and local incentives. After attending a workshop, participants are eligible for rebates from participating auto dealers Kendall Ford, Lithia Nissan and Guaranty Chevrolet.
These efforts directly support two CRO goals, including reducing fossil fuel use by 50% by the year 2030 and meeting a 7.6% annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (ghg) in the community. In addition to the environmental benefits, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) have an economic advantages as well. It cost around $400 per year to charge an EV, compared to around $1,600 a year in gasoline costs. And, fewer moving parts make electric vehicles ultra-low maintenance.
EWEB is offering EV incentives to utility customers as well. In addition to the utility’s everyday Clean Ride Rebate of $300, EWEB customers who attend a rEV Up Eugene! Workshop are eligible for a $250 cash rebate on the purchase (or lease) of any new or used BEV.
Workshops will be offered on April 23, and May 15 and registration is required.