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B.C. drivers get more time to collect clean-energy vehicle rebates

Electrici vehicle charging plug

When you’re making a big-ticket purchase like a new car, five thousand dollars is a big savings. That's the savings you can get if you're planning on having a clean-energy vehicle in your driveway or parking stall.

The Clean Energy Vehicle program from the B.C. government provides up to $5,000 off the pre-tax sticker price of qualifying vehicles. And while the program was originally scheduled to wrap up at the end of March, it's been extended for a year. Now you've got until March 31, 2014 to make your decision.

Types of clean-energy vehicles

B.C. residents, businesses, non-profits, and other organizations can apply for the incentive, which applies to three different types of clean-energy vehicles:

  • electric vehicles: including battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and extended-range battery electric vehicles
  • vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells
  • vehicles that operate using compressed natural gas

The full list of approved vehicles can be found at Clean Energy Vehicles for British Columbia. They also have a list of participating dealers if you're looking for one in your area.

BC Hydro is already preparing for the shift to vehicles powered by clean energy. Find tips on choosing an electric vehicle and learn about how BC Hydro's electric infrastructure supports clean-energy vehicles.

Charging station rebate also extended

For those looking at buying an electric vehicle, one big question you may be asking is, "Where do I plug it in?"

By taking advantage of a LiveSmart BC initiative, you can get a rebate for installing an approved charging station at your home to allow for a faster charging rate than a standard wall outlet.

When you're on the road with a plug-in vehicle, you can find charging stations using the Plug Share map. This year, a series of direct current (DC) fast-charge stations are being strategically installed along highways and other major transportation routes across B.C.

New charging locations are being identified with the help of a site selection framework developed by the University of British Columbia (UBC). At this time, there are 41 regular public charging stations already installed or planned for BC roads, extending from Tofino to Fernie. And, by 2016 there will be over 600 public charging stations across British Columbia. Thirty of those will be fast (rapid) charging stations that will enable 30-minute recharges.

The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) also offers a searchable map of charging stations. View BCAA's map of charging stations to find one in your area.