New push would incentivize farmers to purchase electric tractors
A new proposal making its way through the Oregon statehouse would add electric tractors to the list of vehicles eligible for rebate programs.
State Representative Courtney Neron, a Democrat, says there needs to be incentives, according to PNW Ag Network.
“If we do not incentivize the transition to electric agricultural vehicles, then we are also missing an important opportunity to reduce emissions in the agricultural sector which also plays a significant role in driving climate change,” Representative Neron said.
Her Republican colleague, Virgile Osborne says a rebate program will not be enough to help the average farmer purchase a high-powered tractor.
“When you’re talking tractors that can be as much as $250,000, so I feel this is a great bill, I don’t feel it goes far enough for the farm industry,” Representative Osborne said.
The push for rebates on electric tractors has some critics worrying if there would be enough money available to other drivers for similar rebates.
Story via PNW Ag Network