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Help us get Oregon's latest push for EVs across the finish line!
May 14, 2021

Earlier this spring, I wrote to you about a pair of bills working their way through the Oregon State Legislature that would help accelerate our state's adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs). The transportation sector remains Oregon's largest source of climate pollution, so ensuring that the future of Oregon’s transportation is electric—not burning fossil fuels—is critical for cleaning up our air and for achieving our state’s climate goals.

I'm pleased to report that both of these CS high-priority bills have passed through the House and are poised for a floor vote in the Senate early next week. This is the final legislative step before they go to Governor Brown's desk to become law!

  • HB 2165 (full Senate vote scheduled for Mon. 5/17): This bill extends state incentives for purchase or lease of electric vehicles that are poised to sunset, expands the Charge Ahead Electric Vehicle Rebate Program for low- and moderate-income residents, and requires utilities to invest in Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure and programs, while devoting at least half the funds to underserved communities.
  • HB 2180 (full Senate vote scheduled for Tue. 5/18): This bill amends state building codes to require new construction to be built “Electric Vehicle-ready”, so buildings are ready to cost-effectively install charging stations in the future.

Urge your Senator to support House Bills 2165 and 2180

Can we count on you to speak up for clean air and healthy communities?

Email your Senator today

We need your help now to get these important bills across the finish line this session and get more EVs on our roads. But the work won’t stop there. Federal and state investments will still be urgently needed to bolster the affordability, accessibility, and awareness of EVs. This will help ensure that EVERYONE who relies on a personal vehicle can make the transition to a cleaner, more affordable electric one, regardless of their demographics or socioeconomic background. 

Please email your Senator today, and stay tuned for more about our work to clean up the transportation sector!

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Author Bio

Vee brings a racial justice lens working on elevating holistic transportation solutions, developing a strategic and equitable transportation agenda for electrification, transitioning off fossil fuels, and reducing the need to drive by advocating for people-centered transportation policies. Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was an Environmental Equity Fellow at the Greenlining Institute and the Transportation Equity Associate at Center for Sustainable Energy. In those capacities she worked on programs and policies to deliver equitable and intersectional climate benefits to low-income and communities of color. Vee graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Masters in International Relations and Environmental Policy and from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Anthropology and International Relations. Out of the office Vee enjoys learning to play guitar, trying new foods, hiking, running, and educating herself on anti-capitalist theory and on ways to create and demand for a more just and sustainable society.