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The Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program - News
NEW March 26, 2013 -
The B.C. government will carry over $2.5 million from the original $14.3 million Clean Energy Vehicle Program to extend the CEVforBC Point-of-sale incentive program through the 2013-14 fiscal year.
The LiveSmart BC Residential Charging Point Rebate Program – which provides rebates of up to $500 per unit for residential electric charging stations that meet identified eligibility requirements – will carry through the 2013-14 fiscal year... Read More...
NEW February 8, 2013 - Incentives for Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURB)
Effective February 8th, 2013, Property Owners of Multi Unit Residential Buildings (and Mixed Use Residential Buildings) can apply for incentives through LiveSmart BC for the installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Incentives covering 80% of eligible procurement and installation costs incurred prior to March 31st, 2013 (up to $4,500 max per station) are available. Stations must be installed by August 15th, 2013. Click here to learn more!
NEW January 30, 2013 - Province seeking proposals from BC Universities and Colleges for CEV research
The Province is seeking proposals from BC Universities and Colleges for research related to Clean Energy Vehicles which includes electric vehicles (EVs), natural gas vehicles, and hydrogen vehicles. The RFP is targeted for project funding in the $5,000-$20,000 range.
The RFP, Research Agreement and a template for the proposal scope of work are enclosed below.
- RFP CEV Academic Projects (PDF/400kb)
- Appendix A: Research Agreement (DOC/60kb)
- Appendix B: Proposal Template (DOC/60kb)
- Appendix C: Cover Letter (DOC/20KB)
The first call for applications will run from January 30 - February 15, 2013. Project funding must be expended by March 31, 2013.
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact:
Clean Transportation Engineer (E.I.T.)
Ministry of Energy and Mines and Natural Gas
Tel: (250) 387-5092
News Release 17 Jan 2013 - B.C. plugging in to electric vehicle fast chargers (Link)
VANCOUVER – A $1.3-million investment in direct current (DC) fast-charging infrastructure in 13 communities throughout the province continues to help electric vehicle owners plug in and get charged.
Environment Minister Terry Lake made this announcement in unveiling the future location of Vancouver’s first DC fast-charging station at Telus World of Science today.
Click here to open the KML file (5KB)
November 5, 2011
SURREY - Starting next month, consumers will be able to access $17 million in funding that will help get them into clean energy vehicles and support the green-tech sector in British Columbia as part of the 'Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan', Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy and Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman announced... Read more
The Province of BC is supporting a province-wide network of public charging stations for electric vehicles in 2012-2013 through a new $2.74 million “Community Charging Infrastructure Fund.” ... Read more
May 2, 2012
LiveSmart BC is happy to introduce our guest blogger: Andrea Mercer.
Andrea is the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat's Clean Transportation Emissions Analyst.
Chances are, if you haven't yet seen an electric vehicle silently travelling on British Columbia's roadways, you will soon. Just last week, I was passed by a family of four driving a baby blue Nissan Leaf while on my bike, and it brought a smile to my face - the future is here! I purposely rode behind it for a couple of blocks - it was such a great feeling to ride a bike behind a car with no tailpipe! I also have had the good fortune of driving a Tesla Roadster, a high end luxury pure electric vehicle, but that is a blog topic for another day...
Since launching the Clean Energy Vehicle Program in December, 116 CEVs have been sold or leased to British Columbians. Through the CEVforBC™ point of sale incentive program (administered by the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia), British Columbians are eligible for up to $5,000 off the pre-tax sticker price for qualifying CEVs which include electric vehicles (e.g. Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMieV, Tesla Roadster, Smart Canada/Mercedes SmartforTwo Electric), Extended Range Electric Vehicles (e.g. Chevrolet Volt, Fisker Karma), and Plug in Hybrid Vehicles (e.g. Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid). But enough about the vehicles... I was asked to blog about charging.
Electric Vehicle Charging 101
In true David Letterman fashion, I originally planned to give a Top 10 EV Charging Q+A format, however it became obvious that 10 was way too much content for a blog, so I had shortened to 5, and finally to a Top 3...
December 1, 2011
Clean Energy Vehicles – The long wait is over, they’re finally here, and so are a suite of supportive provincial programs!
It might be hard to believe, but about a century ago, two-thirds of the automobiles in North America were Clean Energy Vehicles (Electric or Steam-powered). Then, like so many good things, they quietly disappeared for some time...
Over the past few years, countless individuals and organisations have taken the time to write letters, encouraging the BC Government to consider providing incentives and programs in support of Clean Energy Vehicles. If you are reading this, you may well have been one of the many who took the time to write! During the same period the Plug-in BC Working Group has been working behind the scenes to attract auto manufactures to our province by developing a range of strategies to ensure BC is a CEV-ready province, including partnering on pilot projects which saw some of the first CEVs make their debut in BC.
But before we go too much further, some of you may be wondering what exactly a Clean Energy Vehicle is anyway?