The state of Oregon is an enthusiastic adopter of EVs, second only to California. A new report released by the trade group Drive Oregon explores the achievements of the state’s EV industry over the past five years, and discusses market trends that are shaping the sector’s future.
The new report notes that sales of EVs in Oregon have increased steadily since 2011. There are now over 9,300 plug-in vehicles registered in the state. Oregon has deployed over 600 public Level 2 charging stations and over 115 DC fast chargers.
Oregon is one of nine states that have adopted California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, which requires 15% of new vehicle sales in 2025 to be zero-emission vehicles. The state has also joined other state and national governments in a more ambitious goal of having all new cars sold be zero-emission EVs by 2050.
Drive Oregon currently has 112 members, including local firms across the supply chain, non-profit and public partners, and global automakers. To date, the group’s Matching Grant Program has awarded some $520,000, leveraging over $24.5 million in additional investment.
Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Drive Oregon, said, “Oregon made an investment back in 2011, and that investment has paid off. Working together with our partners, we’ve leveraged new investment and established Oregon as a leader in sustainable electric mobility.”
Chris Harder, Director of Business Oregon, noted, “Drive Oregon has positioned the state as the epicenter of the electric vehicle industry. The success of the sector is a validation of Oregon Innovation Council’s public-private investment approach and ability to spur next-generation industries across the state.”