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Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Pilot Program FAQs

Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Pilot Program FAQs

What rebates are available from OPPD?

OPPD is administering two rebates for OPPD customers.

  1. A $500 rebate after the purchase, installation and registration of a ChargePoint Home™ charging station. The home charger must be ordered through a link located on OPPD.com/EVrebates. Please refer to the terms and conditions.
  2. A $2,500 rebate after the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle (EV) and purchase, installation and registration of a ChargePoint Home® charging station. This rebate is available for vehicles registered in Douglas County, Neb. only. Please refer to the terms and conditions

Additionally, OPPD customers may receive $3,000 off the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf®, or $1000 off the purchase of a new Audi e-tron at an authorized dealership. Customers will need to show their OPPD bill and provide the Nissan Leaf® certificate code (Nissan Leaf® only).


When do the incentives begin?

OPPD’s rebates and Nissan and Audi incentives began on June 4, 2018. Electric vehicle and/or EV charger purchases made before this date do not qualify for the rebate program.


Are ChargePoint charger rebates available to all residential OPPD customers?

These rebates are available for all OPPD customers with an account in good standing.


What does account in good standing mean?

That you are up to date on payments on your bill and do not currently have any outstanding debts with OPPD.


Do I have to be an OPPD customer to be eligible for all of these incentives?

Yes, you must receive an OPPD bill for residential electric service in order to qualify.


What data does OPPD collect from the ChargePoint Home™ charging station?

OPPD will receive data indicating the hours of the day you charge your vehicle and the amount of energy that is used to charge your vehicle during that time.


Do I have to send my charging data to OPPD?

No, your charging data will automatically be provided to OPPD by ChargePoint after you have registered your charger and identified that you are part of the OPPD program.


What does OPPD do with my charging information?

The charging information will be used to assess the impact of electric vehicles on the OPPD grid and will provide the information we need to consider the development of future programs, rebates and rates that will benefit all of our customer-owners.


Does my home have to be connected to the internet?

Yes. The charger collects data and transmits through a wireless connection. Your commitment to maintain internet connectivity for 36 months is one of the conditions to receive the rebate.


Why is the $2,500 rebate for a car and charger available only in Douglas County?

The rebate was funded through a grant awarded to Nebraska Community Energy Alliance by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The trust focuses on environmental quality and a goal to reduce emissions. The grant was specifically written to target where it would have the most opportunity to reduce emissions. Douglas County was chosen due to its population density. 


What if I already have a charger?

Chargers purchased before June 4, 2018, do not qualify. You may purchase a new ChargePoint Home™ charging station and install it to qualify.


How will my bill be impacted by having an EV?

Many variables go into how your bill will be affected, including the time of year and the length and strength of your charge. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average cost of charging a plug-in vehicle in the United States is about half the cost of filling a tank of gasoline.  

Since prices for gasoline and electricity rates vary by state, DOE launched the eGallon tool to help consumers compare the benefits of electric vehicles by calculating regional costs. Additionally, DOE offers a price-to-buy calculator to help crunch purchase costs.


What is a W-9 and why do I have to provide it?

The IRS Form W-9 is a request for taxpayer identification number and certification used to identify an individual or business for the purpose of fulfilling tax obligations. Rebates issued as part of this program are considered taxable income by the IRS.

OPPD will issue a 1099 form for the taxable year in which you received the rebate. The 1099 form will be mailed by January 31 the year following receipt of the rebate, to the address on file. We recommend you contact your tax advisor with any questions.


Will OPPD install the charger?

No. OPPD’s rebate provides incentive after the purchase and in agreement to share data, but OPPD is not responsible for the installation. We recommend you contact a local electrician if you have any questions.


Am I eligible to receive a dealer incentive for either Nissan or Audi, and the $2,500 through OPPD?

Yes. The offerings can be combined, but each has its own set of criteria to determine eligibility. If you are an OPPD customer, reside in Douglas County and purchase a new 2018 Nissan Leaf® or 2019 Audi e-tron, then you could receive both incentives.


Can I lease the 2018 Nissan Leaf® or 2019 Audi e-tron, and be eligible for the dealership incentive?

No. Nissan and Audi require the customer to purchase a new 2018 Nissan Leaf® or 2019 Audi e-tron in order to qualify for the dealership discount.


How do I apply for the federal tax credit?

OPPD does not administer or provide any guarantees on the tax credit. We highly recommend you speak to your tax advisor. Visit IRS.gov for tax credit information.


What documentation will I need to provide for the $500 EV charger rebate?

Through the online rebate application form, you will need to upload the following:

  • A copy of the sales receipt confirming your purchase. This allows our administration team to verify the correct charger was purchased after the start date, as required by the rebates terms & conditions.
  • A completed W9 form. This is required by the IRS, to which OPPD must comply. 

What documentation will I need to provide for the $2,500 EV car and charger rebate?

Through the online rebate application form, you will need to upload the following:

  • A copy of the sales receipt confirming your purchase. This allows our administration team to verify the correct charger was purchased after the start date, as required by the rebates’ terms & conditions.
  • A completed W9 form. This is required by the IRS, to which OPPD must comply. 
  • A copy of your vehicle registration. This allows our administration team to verify the car was registered in Douglas County, as required by the rebates’ terms & conditions.
  • A copy of the dealer invoice. This allows our administration team to verify the car was purchased after the start date, as required by the rebates’ terms & conditions.

Do pre-ordered EVs qualify for the $2,500 rebate?

Pre-ordered vehicles will qualify when they have arrived, are purchased and are registered in Douglas County. Pre-ordering does not disqualify the EV, however, funds may be exhausted before the EV arrives and funds cannot be reserved.


What qualifies as “new” in regard to the EV rebate for Douglas County residents?

A new EV is any model year that has not been previously owned. A 2017 still available from a dealer, that has not been previously owned, qualifies.


Do Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) qualify?

OPPD is pursuing a rebate for PHEVs but no information or timeline is presently available.


Can there be more than one EV rebate at a residence?

Yes, if two EVs are purchased and all program requirements are met.


If I have a PHEV, can I qualify for the ChargePoint Home Charging Station Rebate?

Yes, you will qualify if all other program requirements are met.


Is the ChargePoint Home Charging Station covered under OPPD’s Surge Guard Warranty (on an attached garage)?

The Residential Surge Guard warranty covers equipment inside the home. Items in a garage are excluded and are not considered "normal home or office equipment". An EV charging station would fall in line with shop equipment, power tools, etc. and would not be warrantable.

Although the EV charging station is not covered under warranty, it is protected by the surge guard device. Everything downstream of the surge guard arresters is protected. Not all electronic devices fall under the product warranty.


When do the Nissan and Audi incentives expire?

The Nissan incentive is available for all new Nissan Leaf® purchases through Dec. 31, 2018. The Audi incentive does not have an expiration date at this time. Any extensions or changes will be posted on oppd.com/evrebates.


Don't see your question listed above?

If you have additional questions regarding OPPD's EV pilot program, email customerservice@oppd.com or call 402-514-6779.