Incentives for electric vehicles
Rebates for plug-in 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 $5,000 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:
- $6,000 for purchase or lease of a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, via the CEVforBC™ program.
- $5,000 for purchase or lease of a new battery electric vehicle
- $2,500 –$5,000 for purchase or lease of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
Each year, the SCRAP-IT program offers purchasers of new electric vehicles big rebates if they scrap their older, gas-powered vehicle. These have proved popular, so if you're interested, act before the limited number of incentives runs out.
Incentives, which vary on the model and year of the scrapped car, are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality by getting older vehicles off the road.
$6,000 new electric vehicle incentive: For 2018, the program has 1,000 new electric vehicle incentives available. To take advantage of this program, you must have a qualifying vehicle to scrap, and you must purchase your electric vehicle from one of the program's participating dealerships. Learn more
$3,000 used electric vehicle incentive: For 2018, the program has 250 used electric vehicle incentives available. As with the new vehicle incentive, you need to have a qualifying vehicle to scrap, and you must purchase your electric vehicle from one of the program's participating dealerships. Learn more
Which vehicles qualify for the up-to-$5,000 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 $5,000, while plug-in hybrids below 15kWh (but above 4kWh) are eligible for incentives up to $2,500.
As of March 2, 2016, vehicles with an MSRP of more than $77,000 are not eligible for the incentive.
Get details of eligibility requirements, including a list of eligible vehicles, at https://www.cevforbc.ca.
Three new rebates, funded with $1.85 million from the Province of British Columbia as part of its Clean Energy Vehicle Program and administered by Plug In BC, became available on March 7th, 2018. Due to high demand, the rebates for home charging stations were fully distributed by July 6th, 2018. The incentives for workplaces and residential buildings have gone to a waitlist. For further information, go to the charging solution incentives page at Plug In BC.
- A rebate for single-family homes and duplexes covered 75% of costs, up to $750, for the purchase and installation of a Level 2 (208v/240v) charging station.
- A rebate for multi-unit residential buildings covers 75% of costs, up to $4,000, for the purchase and installation of a Level 2 station (208v/240v). An applicant must apply in advance of a purchase and installation of a station and may apply for more than one station.
- A rebate for workplaces covers 50% of costs, up to $4,000, per Level 2 station (or $2,000 per Level 1 (120 v) station). An applicant must apply in advance of a purchase and installation of a station and may apply for more than one station.