[Oeva-list] "Drive Green Save Green" program honors hybrids, not EVs

Andy McConnell andy.mcconnell at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 13:04:58 PST 2012

Thank you, Emmaline! That's incredibly helpful, and makes me glad to be in
contact here.


On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM, Emmaline Pohnl
<emmaline at driveoregon.org>wrote:

> Hello Andy,
> I work for Drive Oregon -- the state's EV industry association -- and have
> alerted our contacts at the Oregon Environmental Council of this issue
> because, yes, EVs are indeed "green" and it would make sense that they also
> qualify for the discount. It is my understanding that when the *Drive
> Green, Save Green* program was created several years ago, electric
> vehicles were not on the roads and so I imagine they were not included in
> the original program rules.
> I will post on this listserv again when I hear back about what action is
> being taken to address this, which just seems like an oversight that can
> pretty quickly be resolved!
> Thank you for calling attention to this.
> Best regards,
> Emmaline
> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Andy McConnell <andy.mcconnell at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Does anyone on the list have experience with applying for the Drive Green
>> Save Green program offered by city Center Parking and the Oregon
>> Environmental Council?
>> I was denied a $15 per month discount because I have a 100% EV, not a
>> hybrid. This seems silly to me.
>> I was encouraged to write a letter to Brad Cannon, manager of City Center
>> Parking, asking that I be offered the discount, and asking him to provide
>> the rationale for not honoring 100% EV drivers.
>> On their site www.drivegreensavegreen.org, they claim:
>> OEC has partnered with City Center Parking in Portland to create Drive
>> Green Save Green, a program to help drivers reduce their environmental
>> footprint.
>> Find out about special perks for hybrid car owners at City Center Parking<http://www.citycenterparking.com/content/drive-green>,
>> or on this special feature by KGW-TV news<http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/VideoPlayer/showVideo.php?vidId=126929>,
>> and check out great green maintenance tips for all drivers below.
>> If the goal is to encourage reduction of footprint, why give perks to
>> only hybrid drivers?  That's rewarding half-measures!
>> I can imagine many reasons - mostly political or financial - for not
>> honoring EVs.
>> Before I get all "conspiracy theory" crazy, I would like to hear from
>> others who may have tried this approach already.
>> -AndyM
>> http://www.pdxtesla.com
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> Emmaline Pohnl
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> Drive Oregon
> 1600 SW 4th Ave, Suite 112
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