Ashland, Oregon

Transportation Electrification

The transportation electrification programs support Ashland's climate commitment to multi-modal transportation and reducing emissions. 

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Program Overview

Electric Bicycle Incentive

Many Ashland Electric customers have shown their commitment to the environment by being early adopters of zero emission vehicles, but e-bikes remain financially out of reach for many customers. The e-bike incentive increases access to affordable, zero emission e-bikes. This program also supports City of Ashland’s commitment to transportation electrification and multi-modal transportation options.

Goal: The electric bicycle (e-bike) incentive increases equitable access to zero emission vehicles by providing Ashland utility customers with a cash incentive for the purchase of an eligible electric bicycle.

What is an electric assisted bicycle? 

Electric assisted bicycles, or e-bikes, pedal and handle just like a regular bicycle and include similar components as a regular bicycle. With the help of an electric motor, an electric assisted bicycle provides additional power to help the rider manage things like hills or carry heavier loads and allows for traveling longer distances more easily.

Benefits of E-Bikes

  • Cheaper Than A Car: No need to pay for car registration, car insurance, or gasoline. Cost of maintenance and repairs is substantially lower for an e-bike than a car.
  • Low Barriers: Reduces physical exertion, making it easier to carry cargo and/or children, ride uphill, and go further faster. Being more affordable than a car means more people have access. No need to meet car insurance requirements.
  • Low Emissions: E-Bikes emit approximately 96% less CO2 than gasoline-powered cars for the same distance traveled.
  • Health Benefits: Riding an e-bike provides moderate exercise, which in turn improves cardiovascular and heart health, increases muscle tone and metabolism, boosts the immune system, reduces stress, and contributes to quality sleep.

Important considerations 

It can be helpful to ask yourself these questions as you look at e-bikes.

  • Riding needs: Where and how far will I ride most of the time?
  • Local Service: Can I get local service and maintenance? Support from a trained bike mechanic is a crucial to keeping your e-bike in top shape.
  • Warranty: What is the battery and electronics warranty? A battery warranty of 2 years or more is highly recommended. The battery warranty is not the same as the warranty on the frame or parts.
  • Cargo: Will I want to carry passengers, groceries, or other cargo? 

Electric Assisted Bicycle Classes

  • Class 1: Provides power assistance only when the rider pedals and stops assisting when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
  • Class 2: Is equipped with a throttle that can propel the bicycle without any pedaling by the rider and stops assisting when the bicycle reaches 20 MPH.
  • Class 3*: May or may not be equipped with a throttle and stops assisting when the bicycle reaches 28 MPH.

Types of electric assist

  • Pedal Assist: The electric motor is only activated while pedaling, You can choose level of assistance; similar to selecting which gear to ride on. Pedal assist reduces physical exertion of pedaling, especially uphill.
  • Throttle: A throttle is a mechanism on the handlebars of the bike that activates the electric motor. The throttle is usually activated by either twisting one handlebar or pressing a lever with your thumb. The throttle propels the bike without the rider needing to pedal.

Registering and Insuring Your Bike

  • Registering your bike increases the likelihood of it being recovered in case of theft.
  • The City of Ashland requires all bicycles be registered with the City (AMC 11.52.070). You can register your e-bike through any Ashland bike shop or Ashland Police Department.
  • Insurance policies may be obtained through homeowner, renter, or motor vehicle insurance companies to help cover collisions, theft, and liability. Here are a few examples of e-bike insurance:
    • Velosurance.com
    • Markelinsurance.com/spoke/ebike
    • Autohomeboat.com/insurance/ebikes 

Oregon State E-Bike Laws

Per Oregon Vehicle Code ORS 801.258, an electric assisted bicycle is street legal if it is designed to travel with no more than three wheels in contact with the ground, has a power output of no more than 1,000 watts, and is incapable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour. *Class 3 electric assisted bicycles do not fall under these criteria.

  • Speed Limit: E-bikes may not exceed 20 MPH when being powered by the electric motor. It may exceed 20 MPH when being powered by human effort.
  • Minimum Age: Age minimum for e-bike riders is 16 years old.
  • Helmet Requirement: Helmets not required for e-bike riders.
  • License and Registration: Riding an e-bike does not require a license, insurance, or registration.
  • Where Allowed: E-bikes are considered a bicycle by Oregon Vehicle Code. They are allowed on any roadway, lane, or path that bicycles are allowed on, including bike paths. E-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks.

Funding for this program is in part made possible by the Oregon Clean Fuels Program (CFP) administered by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ).

 

Applicant Eligibility
The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a City of Ashland Electric Utility customer with an active account, or an authorized individual under the account
  • The applicant must be the purchaser of the bicycle.
  • Only one e-bike rebate may be issued per Ashland Electric Utility account.
  • This program is available to Residential and Commercial accounts.

Rebate Amounts
The rebate amount varies depending on where it is purchased and type of e-bike. Current rebate amounts are:

  • Participating Ashland bike shops  =  $300 for e-bike  or  $600 for e-cargo bike
    • See the bottom of this page for a list of participating bike shops.
  • Non-local bike shops and online vendors  =  $200 for e-bike or e-cargo bike

Rebate Requirements

  • E-bike must be purchased on or after April 15, 2022. (Locally purchased E-bikes purchased before this date may still be eligible under the previous program rules. Please email stu.green@ashland.or.us for assistance.)   
  • Rebate may not exceed 50% of the purchase price. 
  • Rebate application must be submitted to the City of Ashland within 180 days from the purchase date.

E-bike Eligibility
The e-bike purchased must meet the following criteria:

  • Your invoice or bill of sale must be paid-in-full and you must have possession of the bike.
  • Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 rated e-bikes are eligible.
  • Full-suspension mountain bikes are excluded from this program.
  • E-bike battery must carry a minimum warranty of 1 year (be sure to ask for this information, especially if you are planning to buy a lower cost e-bike)
  • Only new e-bikes are eligible. E-bikes that are used, resold, rebuilt, received from warranty insurance claims, third party-owned, or won as a prize are not eligible for rebates under this program.
  • E-bike must be intended for use by utility customer household.
  • Rebate recipient must be retain ownership of the ebike for a minimum of 12 months from the date of purchase. If the bike is returned, sold, or stolen, the recipient shall contact program administrators at the email listed on this page.  

E-Cargo Bike Eligibility
E-cargo bicycles must have an extended frame designed to carry additional people or cargo. E-cargo bike must meet the following criteria:

  • Designed to carry one or more passengers in addition to the rider
  • Designed for carrying heavy or bulky loads
OR e-cargo bikes are determined by having three of the four following characteristics
  • Bike has a published total weight capacity (rider+bike+cargo) rating of at least 400 lbs.
  • Bike has an extended frame designed to carry additional containers, bags, passengers or has included as a standard component a cargo rack.
  • Bike has additional attachment points (front/back) to support the addition of racks/baskets/seats.
  • Bike marketed or advertised as a "cargo" or "utility bike" beyond what would be typical for an e-bike used for commuting.

Documentation Required with Application
Specific e-bike documentation requirements include, at minimum:

  • Applicant name and contact information
  • Primary Ashland Electric Utility customer information (name, account number, service address, and contact information)
  • Fully-paid invoice or bill of sale
    • Invoice must be complete and legible 
    • Invoice must show applicant’s first and last name (should match your utility bill)
    • Invoice must show bicycle make and model, purchase price, date of purchase, bike shop or vendor contact information.

Participating Ashland Bike Shops

If you operate an Ashland bike shop and would like to participate, please contact stu.green@ashland.or.us. To qualify as a "local", bike shop must be a customer of Ashland Electric Utility.

Additional Information
Submissions that do not meet the program eligibility criteria will not be considered.

  • Incomplete documentation may result in incentive ineligibility.
  • The City is not responsible for documents lost or destroyed in transit or misdirected applications. Please do not submit paper applications. 
  • Submitted program application and accompanying documents becomes the property of the City.
  • The City reserves the right to request additional information or documentation to process an application.
  • Terms, conditions, and availability of this program may change at any time.
  • Incentives are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Check will be issued to the applicant that purchased the bike.
  • If you require a assistance with the application, please contact climate@ashland.or.us
  1. Ensure that you have read all program details and understand all program eligibility requirements. (Please contact staff early in the process if you have questions.)
  2. Purchase an eligible e-bike at a participating Ashland retail bike shop. 
  3. Click here to fill out an online application.
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Program Overview

Electric Vehicle Incentive

Many Ashland Electric customers have shown their commitment to the environment by being early adopters of new zero emission vehicles, but EVs, also known as battery electric vehicles, remain financially out of reach for many customers. This EV incentive is important because it focuses on more affordable electric vehicle options, thereby making EVs more attainable to more utility customers. Ashland Electric seeks to promote additional EV adoption, so that all customers can experience the financial and environmental benefits of zero emission vehicles.

Goal: The EV incentive is increases equitable access to zero emission vehicles by providing Ashland Electric customers with a $1,500 incentive for the registration of an eligible EV.

Incentive Status: As of early April 2022, approximately 35 EV incentives are still available. You may fill out a pre-application, which will "hold your place in line" for 45 days. See below for more information.

Applicant and Rebate Requirements
The EV incentive program is made available with the following direction:

  • The current electric vehicle rebates are:
    • $1,500 for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
    • $750 for Zero Emission Motorcycles (ZEM) 
  • Vehicle is purchased on or after April 22, 2020.
  • The electric vehicle rebate is available to Ashland Electric utility customers with an active account.
    • Vehicle must be registered at the Ashland Electric utility service address.
    • Only one electric vehicle incentive may be issued per utility account.
  • Rebate application must be submitted to the City of Ashland within 180 days from the purchase date.
    • For the purposes of this program, the date of purchase is the date the purchase contract or security agreement was executed and signed. For the purposes of the Program, the date of lease is the date which the lease agreement is signed. For Tesla and other vehicles ordered without a standard purchase/lease agreement, the date of purchase or lease is the first date of vehicle registration. Applicants must take delivery of their vehicle before submitting a rebate application.

Vehicle Requirements
The electric vehicle purchased must, at minimum:

  • Have a base manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $50,000 or less.
  • Have a fully electric drive train. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are not eligible for this rebate.
  • Be listed on the Standard Rebate Eligible Vehicles List for the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (OCVRP). Only vehicles eligible for the Standard Rebate may apply for this incentive.
  • Be purchased in Oregon from a DMV-licensed car dealership OR an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that does not have licensed dealerships in the state of Oregon.
    • Click here to perform a business regulation search of licensed Oregon vehicle dealers.
    • No person-to-person sales are eligible. No aftermarket conversions are eligible.
  • Be a new vehicle. Vehicles are only considered new if they have not been previously registered. 
  • Be purchased or leased. Original leases must be for a minimum of 24 months.
  • Vehicle owner must register the vehicle at their Ashland Electric service address, and retain registration for at least 24 months.

Documentation
Specific EV documentation requirements include, at minimum:

  • Applicant name and contact information.
  • A complete copy of your most recent Ashland Electric Utility bill.
  • A complete copy of the vehicle sale or lease contract executed and signed, with all pages included.
    • A complete contract includes an itemization of credits, discounts, and incentives received, if applicable. The applicant’s name and the name of the dealership must be listed on the contract.
    • The applicant's address must match the Ashland Electric Utility service address. 

Additional information:
Submissions that do not meet the program eligibility criteria will not be considered.

  • The Applicant is responsible for verifying that all program requirements are met.
  • Incomplete documentation may result in incentive ineligibility.
  • The City of Ashland is not responsible for documents lost or destroyed in transit or misdirected applications.
  • Submitted program application and accompanying documents becomes the property of the City of Ashland.
  • The City of Ashland reserves the right to request additional information or documentation to process an application.
  • Incentives are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Rebate check will be issued to person listed as the incentive applicant.
  • Terms, conditions, and availability of this program may change at any time.
  • If you have any questions about this program, please contact climate@ashland.or.us.
  1. Ensure that you have read all program details and understand all program eligibility requirements. (Please contact staff early in the process if you have questions.)
  2. Complete the pre-application up to 45 days before you purchase your EV.
  3. Complete the final application after you purchase your EV.
  • How much can my vehicle purchase cost?
    • The manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) must be $50,000 or less.
  • Why is there a price cap?
    • The current incentive is partially funded by an equity-focused grant. The price cap exists to increase access to the most affordable vehicles. Providing more access to zero emissions vehicles is an important part of Ashland's Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP).  
  • Are leased vehicles eligible?
    • Leased vehicles are eligible if they are new and leased for at least 24 months.
Transportation Electrification
Program Overview

Commercial Charging Incentive

Electrifying transportation is an important part of Ashland's Climate and Energy Action Plan. Removing fossil fuels from our transportation infrastructure reduces climate-altering emissions, improves local air quality, and creates additional load for our locally-owned electric utility. Business locations are a key area to support vehicle electrification. Workplaces may benefit by saving money through electrifying fleet vehicles, offering an additional benefit for employees, or as an amenity for customers.

For more information about the benefits, please see this excellent resource on Workplace charging by our partners at Forth.

City of Ashland will reimburse a fixed amount per charger installed, according to the table below. Incentives are available for new, Level 2 electric vehicle chargers. 

Number of Chargers Installed

Total Incentive Amount

1 up to $1,000
2 up to $1,500
3 up to $2,000
4 up to $2,500
5+ Contact program administrator for more information

For example: A local hotel purchases two chargers at a cost of $500 each, then pays the electrician $400 to install them. The business can apply for an incentive up to $1,400 ($500+$500+$400). According to the table, $1,500 is the maximum incentive for two chargers. 

Eligibility Requirements

Your business may apply for this incentive if:

  • The business has an active Commercial, Industrial, or Government electric account, in good standing with Ashland Municipal Electric Utility.

OR

  • The business is an active, registered contributor to Ashland's Transient Occupancy Tax

Charger Equipment Requirements 

  • Chargers must be new and capable of level 2 charging. 
  • Costs may include a pedestal for mounting. 
  • Chargers with more than one "plug" (J1772 connectors) are considered a single charger. 
  • Equipment must be purchased and installed after 1/1/2020. 

Installation and Electrical Upgrade Requirements 

  • Electrical upgrades must be completed by a licensed electrician. 
  • Labor and material costs are eligible, so long as they are necessary for the installation. 
  • Installation shall meet all local, state, and federal codes. 

Documentation
Specific documentation requirements include, at minimum:

  • Business name, applicant name, and contact information
  • Primary Utility customer information (name on account, account number, service address, and contact information)
  • Paid invoices for EV charger(s)
  • Paid invoices for required electrical upgrades showing labor and material costs.
  • Copy of required permits, including final inspection if necessary. 

Additional information:
Submissions that do not meet the program eligibility criteria will not be considered.

  • Incomplete documentation may result in incentive ineligibility.
  • The City of Ashland is not responsible for documents lost or destroyed in transit or misdirected applications.
  • Submitted program application and accompanying documents becomes the property of the City of Ashland.
  • The City of Ashland reserves the right to request additional information or documentation to process an application.
  • Terms, conditions, and availability of this program may change at any time.
  • Incentives are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Check will be issued to person listed as the incentive applicant.
  1. Ensure that you have read all program details and understand all program eligibility requirements. (Please contact staff early in the process if you have questions.)
  2. Click here to fill out an online application.
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Overview

Public Charging

As of May 2021, there are 16 city-owned public chargers. All public chargers offer Level 2 charging capability.​ Thanks in part to funds from the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, there is no fee to use the public chargers.

Locations

  • Ten Chargers in the Lithia parking lot - 130 N. Pioneer St. (link to map)
  • Two Chargers in the Hargadine parking structure - 175 Hargadine St. (link to map)
  • Four chargers in the Grove parking lot - 1195 E. Main St. (link to map)

Feedback

We need your voice! - Your input helps to ensure continued support and improvement of public charging. To provide feedback, click here to fill out the survey.

Please care for this shared public resource:
  • Treat cords and plugs with care
  • Coil cords when not in use
  • Ensure plugs are clean and kept off the ground​
  • Pay it forward by leaving it nicer than you found it

CAUTION: Use of this equipment is at your own risk. The City of Ashland offers use of this equipment without payment and with no assurance that it has been left in proper working condition by prior users or is compatible with your vehicle. Your use of this equipment shall be deemed to waive all City liability for injury or damage to persons or property resulting from any purported negligence on the part of officials, employees, or agents of the City of Ashland.

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