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Government charges up incentives for zero-emission vehicles

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Energy and Mines

Government charges up incentives for zero-emission vehicles

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Suntanu Dalal
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy and Mines
250 952-0628
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Media Contacts
Suntanu Dalal
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy and Mines
250 952-0628

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Province invests in clean transportation

The Government of British Columbia will contribute $40 million to support the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program.

The funding is for three years (2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20), and will be distributed as follows:

  • $27 million will go to support continued point-of-sale purchase incentives for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs):
    • Purchasers or lessees of eligible electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will receive the incentives off the pre-tax, manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) at the dealer.
    • ZEVs with a MSRP above $77,000 are not eligible for a purchase incentive from the CEV Program.
    • Eligible vehicles and the maximum point-of-sale incentive amounts are unchanged, and as follows:
      • Battery-electric vehicle: $5,000.
      • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle /extended range electric vehicle with a minimum battery capacity greater than 15 kilowatt hours (kWh): $5,000.
      • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle/extended range electric vehicle with a minimum battery capacity less than 15kWh but greater than 4kWh: $2,500.
      • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle: $6,000.
    • Incentives can be combined with SCRAP-IT BC incentives if a purchaser scraps an older vehicle and buys a new electric vehicle. On Feb. 1, 2017, SCRAP-IT BC incentives were increased from $3,250 to $6,000. SCRAP-IT BC also now offers incentives of $3,000 for the purchase of a used electric vehicle.
  • $9.75 million will support expanded public, residential and workplace charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, research and economic development, public outreach, and job training, with programs to be developed by the Province and delivered by third-party delivery organizations selected through a competitive request-for-proposals  process that will be initiated in spring, 2017.
  • $2.5 million will go to support continued incentives for fleets to purchase or lease zero-emission specialty-use vehicles.
    • Specialty-use vehicles include electric or hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles, low-speed utility trucks, heavy duty transport trucks, passenger buses and airport and port service vehicles.
    • Incentives ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 – depending on the type and retail price of the vehicle –  are provided to eligible applicants who purchase or lease an approved, new, zero-emission specialty-use vehicle.
  • $750,000 will go to SCRAP-IT BC to support incentives for a range of zero-emission transportation options when someone scraps an older vehicle:
    • Incentives of $500 will be provided to eligible applicants for bicycles, electric bicycles, electric scooters, car-share credits and transit passes.

Government is also expanding support for the development of electric vehicle charging stations in buildings throughout the province by:

  • Developing regulations to allow local governments to require new buildings to install adequate infrastructure to support electric vehicle charging.
  • Developing policies to facilitate installing electric vehicle charging stations in strata buildings and developments.

These regulations and policies will be developed over the coming year, and the process will include a consultation process with stakeholders.

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