Incentives for electric vehicles
Rebates for electric vehicles, incentives for charging stations at homes, stratas and workplaces
B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government organizations who purchase or lease qualifying new vehicles, are eligible for up to $3,000 off the pre-tax sticker price for qualifying new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Here's the breakdown of the incentive amounts for the purchase of different types of vehicles:
- $3,000 for purchase or lease of a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, via the CEVforBC™ program.
- $3,000 for purchase or lease of a new battery electric vehicle.
- $1,500 for purchase or lease of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Which vehicles qualify for the up-to-$3,000 rebate?
The BC Ministry of Energy and Mines has established incentive amounts based on vehicle type and battery capacity. Battery electric, fuel cell vehicle and plug in hybrids above a 15kWh capacity are eligible for the full incentive amount up to $3,000, while plug-in hybrids below 15kWh (but above 4kWh) are eligible for incentives up to $1,500.
As of June 22, 2019, vehicles with an MSRP of more than $55,000 are not eligible for the incentive.
Get details of eligibility requirements, including a list of eligible vehicles, at https://www.cevforbc.ca.
SCRAP IT incentives still available for used vehicles
BC SCRAP IT offers incentives to scrap high-polluting vehicles for an electric vehicle and other low-carbon forms of transportation. There are incentives for the purchasing both new and used electric vehicles. There are limited incentives remaining for new electric vehicle purchases, but some remain for used electric vehicles. Visit SCRAP-IT for full program details and to find a list of dealers that have specific vehicles available with incentives.
Federal incentives up to $5,000 available
Qualifying vehicles (battery-electric and longer-range plug-in hybrids) are also eligible for rebates from the federal government, ranging from $2,500 for short-range vehicles up to $5,000. Vehicles need have a MSRP of $45,000 or less for the base model, with higher values qualifying when the vehicle has more than seven seats.