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Transportation Rebates and Incentives

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The Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program - Rebates and Incentives

NEW  February 14, 2014 -

- The Clean Energy Vehicle Point of Sale Incentive Program has reached its budget limit and is fully depleted.  Effective immediately, please be advised that applications to the Point of Sale Incentive Program are no longer being accepted by the New Car Dealers Association of B.C.  For further information, please contact: www.CEVforBC.ca/contact-us.

- The LiveSmart BC Residential Electric Charging Station Program is reaching its budget limit. At this time, there are fewer than 50 incentives available between now and March 31, 2014. Applications will be processed on a first-come & completed basis, so hurry-up and send in your completed applications to take advantage of these time-limited incentives. For those applicants who have recently sent an application and wish to receive a status update, please contact Leah.Davies@gov.bc.ca.

Update: May 30, 2013
The B.C. government, in partnership with BOMA BC, is offering a limited time incentive program (ending March 31st, 2014), for the purchase and installation of 125 Level 2 (240V) electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS). This program is intended to support the increase of EVCS across multiple building types and locations throughout BC by offering a substantial incentive to participants (up to a maximum of $4,500 per station)
. Please Visit the BOMA website for further details.

Incentives for Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

Effective February 8th, 2013, property owners of Multi-Unit Residential Buildings and Mixed Use Residential Buildings (MURBs) 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.

If you are a property owner of a MURB and are interested in installing electric vehicle charging stations you are encouraged to complete and submit an application form to LiveSmart BC.  Applications must be received by March 15th to allow processing by March 31st.

NOTE: Property owners may have already responded to a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI) in November regarding working with a program manager to install electric vehicle charging stations.  The Province was not able to secure a program manager, but there was a significant and positive response received through the RFEOI process. The program is now being delivered as the LiveSmart BC MURB Incentive Program.  Property owners who responded to the RFEOI are encouraged to submit a formal application through the link below.

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Point of Sale Incentives for CEVs

Effective December 1st, 2011, incentives of up to $5,000 per eligible clean energy vehicle will be available to B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organisations, and local government organisations.  Incentives will be available until March 31, 2014 or until available funding is depleted (whichever comes first). Enough funding should be available to meet the expected demand (approximately 1370 vehicle incentives).

An Eligible Vehicles List will be approved and updated by the Ministry of Environment, and will include these types of vehicles:

  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – $5,000
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) – $5,000
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles / Extended Range Electric Vehicles:
    • Battery capacity of 4.0 - 9.9 kWh – $2,500
    • Battery capacity of 10.0 - 14.9 kWh – $3,500
    • Battery capacity of 15.0 kWh and greater – $5,000
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles (not heavy duty) – $2,500

The final price (including incentive) will be indicated on the sticker of the car on the dealer lot.  In other words, the cost of the vehicle less the incentive amounts are all processed upon sale by the dealership.  The New Car Dealers Association of BC is working with their partners to coordinate the ‘back-end’ process which means a no-hassle experience for the consumer.

Overall program management and administration for this LiveSmart Program will be through the New Car Dealers Association of BC's dedicated Clean Energy Vehicle Program website at http://www.cevforbc.ca.

For more information, please email info@cevforbc.ca.

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Residential Rebates for Purchase of Qualifying Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment

Effective December 1st, 2011, rebates of up to $500 per eligible electric vehicle charging station will be available to B.C. residents who own or lease a battery electric or plug in hybrid electric vehicle that is eligible for the Clean Energy Vehicle Program point-of-sale vehicle incentives.

Program eligibility requirements are included in the Application Form. A list of eligible EV charging stations can be found here. This will be a mail in rebate, and residents will be required to complete and send in an application form, along with an itemised receipt for the EV charging station and a copy of the electric vehicle registration sheet and/or lease agreement.   The program runs until March 31, 2014 or until available funding is depleted (whichever comes first).

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Plug in BC Community Charging Infrastructure Fund

The Province of BC is supporting a province-wide network of public charging stations for electric vehicles in through a new $2.74 million “Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund.”

A cornerstone of the CEV Charging Infrastructure Program is the Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund. This fund offers incentives to both public and private sector to help build a network of 570 electric vehicle charging stations across B.C. for use by the public and by fleets. Open the list of Level 2 charging stations (PDF).

The Fund is overseen by the BC Ministry of Environment, and administered by the Fraser Basin Council.  For more information, please see www.pluginbc.ca.