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 $300 incentive for the purchase of an eligible electric bicycle. The specific objective of this program is to incentivize 50 new e-bike purchases in the utility territory within 12 months.

E-bike Incentive Eligibility Requirements
The e-bike incentive program is made available with the following direction:

  • The e-bike incentive is available to Ashland Electric customers with an active account.
  • Only one e-bike incentive may be issued per utility account.
  • Must receive a voucher code from participating Ashland retail bike shop.

E-bike Standards
The e-bike purchased must meet the following minimum standards:

  • E-bike must be purchased at participating Ashland bike shop (see below for participating shops)
  • E-bike is purchased after Nov 15, 2020.
  • Only new e-bikes are eligible.
  • E-bike purchase price is $3,000, or less.
  • Only Class 1 rated e-bikes are eligible.
  • E-bike must be intended for use by utility customer household.

Documentation Required
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)
  • Incentive voucher (a limited supply of vouchers is available from participating local retail bike shops)
  • Bill of sale (must clearly show e-bike make, model, purchase price, and date of purchase)
  • Local bike shop information (shop name, sales agent)

Participating Ashland Retail Bike Shops

If you operate an Ashland retail bike shop that would like to participate, please contact city staff to learn more.

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.
  • 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 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. Purchase an eligible e-bike at a participating Ashland retail bike shop. You will receive a voucher from the bike shop that you will upload with your application. 
  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. The specific objective of this program is to incentivize 70 new EV registrations in the utility territory within 12 months.

Incentive Status: As of March 15th, 2021, approximately 50 EV incentives are still available. All applicants are strongly encouraged to fill out a pre-application. See below for more information.

Program Availability
The EV incentive program is made available with the following direction:

  • The electric vehicle incentive is available to Ashland Electric utility customers with an active account.
  • Only one electric vehicle incentive may be issued per utility account.

Vehicle Standards
The electric vehicle purchased meets the following minimum standards:

  • Vehicle is registered at the utility service address.
  • Vehicle purchase price is $30,000, or less.
    • Note: the vehicle price paid on your purchase agreement must be $30,000 or less. You may subtract dealer rebates and incentives. For example a $35,000 vehicle - $10,000 in dealer rebates = $25,000 final purchase price. This vehicle will qualify for the program.)
  • Vehicle is listed on the "State of Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program" Charge Ahead Vehicle Eligibility List.
  • Vehicle is purchased from a DMV-licensed car dealership in Oregon (click here to perform a business regulation search of current dealers. Private party sales are not eligible.)
  • Vehicle is purchased used or new.
  • Vehicle is registered or purchased after November 15, 2020.

Documentation
Specific EV documentation requirements include, at minimum:

  • Applicant name and contact information
  • Primary Utility customer information (name on account, account number, service address, and contact information)
  • Vehicle Purchase Agreement or Bill of Sale (must show applicant name and address, dealer name, vehicle make/model, vehicle price, date of purchase)
  • Final Oregon vehicle registration once you receive it in the mail (registration address must match primary utility customer address)

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. Email stu.green@ashland.or.us to request an application.
  3. Complete the pre-application up to 45 days before you purchase your EV.
  4. Complete the final application after you purchase your EV.
  • How much can my vehicle purchase cost?
    • The vehicle price on your vehicle purchase agreement paperwork must be $30,000 or less. The Ashland Electric incentive is applied after you purchase the vehicle for less than $30,000. Vehicle purchase prices above $30,000 will not be eligible.
  • Why is there a $30,000 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. This program is designed to amplify the used EV market first, and the new vehicle market second. Income-limited residents primarily purchase used vehicles and providing more access to zero emissions vehicles is an important part of Ashland's Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP).  
  • Why do I need to submit my registration?
    • We need your final registration to ensure your vehicle resides within Ashland Electric territory. Your registration address must match the utility service address. In most cases we can process your incentive without your final registration, but we still require it for verification purposes. Temporary tags and initial DMV paperwork are not eligible forms of documentation. You can email your final registration to stu.green@ashland.or.us.
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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 $500-$1,000 per charger installed, according to the table below. Incentives are available for new, Level 2 electric vehicle chargers. Equipment must be purchased and installed after 1/1/2020. 

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

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
  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 (link to map)
  • Two Chargers in the Hargadine parking structure (link to map)
  • Four chargers in the Grove parking lot (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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