Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

B.C. tops up electric vehicle rebate program

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Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

B.C. tops up electric vehicle rebate program

Updated June 26, 2019

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Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628
Media Contacts
Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628

Backgrounders

Facts about the electric vehicle rebate program
  • The Zero-Emission Vehicle Act (ZEVA) passed on May 30, 2019, requiring all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in B.C. to be clean energy vehicles by 2040.
  • Targets under CleanBC and ZEVA are that CEV sales will increase starting in 2020, reaching 10% of light-duty sales by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040.
  • There are approximately 44 CEV models available for sale in B.C., most of them priced in the $30,000 to $50,000 range, before incentives.
  • CEVs made up 4% of new light-duty vehicle sales in B.C. in 2018 and were approximately 6% in the first quarter of 2019.
  • There are currently more than 20,000 electric cars on the road, and the CEVforBC program will support an estimated 17,000 more.
  • Prices for CEVs start at approximately $29,000, before incentives.
  • B.C. has more than 1,700 charging stations around the province.
  • The combined federal and provincial incentives have led to high levels of program participation, two to three times higher than in 2018.
  • The reduced vehicle price cap and lower incentives will allow more British Columbians to access CEVs as the market transforms.
  • CEVs and internal combustion engine light duty vehicles (cars, sport utility vehicles, and pick-up trucks) are expected to achieve price parity between 2024–2028.

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