Improved discounts make electric vehicles more accessible

The province is improving accessibility to electric vehicles (EVs) by increasing maximum rebate amounts and ensuring they get to those who need them most.

“More and more people in British Columbia want to get an electric vehicle to save money on gas and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and ‘Low carbon innovation. “We are enhancing our rebate program to make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible to more families. »

The maximum provincial rebate under the CleanBC Go Electric Passenger Vehicle Rebate Program on the purchase or lease of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) and a long-range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is increased from $3,000 to $4,000. The maximum rebate for low-end PHEVs is increased from $1,500 to $2,000.

“We are helping to make electric vehicles more affordable for more people in communities across the province,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “British Columbia is a leader in the adoption of electric vehicles, thanks to CleanBC, and we’re expanding access so even more people can choose clean technologies that help avoid high fuel prices. gasoline, reduce maintenance costs and reduce climate pollution.

To ensure that electric vehicle rebates are available to the individuals and families who need them most, eligibility for a rebate will be based on individual or household income levels:

  • Individuals with annual income up to $80,000 (household income up to $125,000) will be eligible for maximum reimbursement amounts of $2,000 for low-end PHEVs or $4,000 for BEVs, FCEVs and PHEV.
  • Individuals with an annual income between $80,001 and $100,000 (household income between $125,001 and $165,000) will be eligible for rebates ranging from $500 to $2,000, depending on income level and vehicle type selected.
  • Individuals with an annual income over $100,000 (household income over $165,000) will not be eligible for provincial electric vehicle rebates.

According to 2020 tax returns, more than 90% of British Columbians are eligible for the provincial rebate for electric vehicles. When combined with federal rebates, British Columbians can save up to $9,000 on the purchase or lease of a new EV.

“British Columbia has achieved a leadership position in zero-emission vehicle sales in North America thanks to the thoughtful approach of government and partner agencies, which has included rebates that make ownership as affordable as possible,” said Blair Qualey, President and CEO, New BC Automobile Dealers Association. “The latest changes go a step further and ensure that people at the lower end of the income scale have a greater ability to buy a clean energy vehicle – and that’s good news for the industry, for government and , above all, for the environment. ”

The province is also expanding the types of electric vehicles eligible for rebates. The price cap for determining eligibility for vehicle rebates remains at a maximum of $55,000 for compact and full-size cars. However, to support families and businesses requiring larger electric vehicles, a second category has been added. For the largest EVs coming to market, including minivans, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, the cap has been set at a maximum retail price of $70,000.

This year, British Columbia exempted electric vehicles from provincial sales tax, making buying an EV more affordable and providing more options.

CleanBC’s Go Electric EV Charger Rebate program provides provincial rebates of up to 50% of eligible purchase and installation costs for EV charging stations for single-family homes, condominiums, apartments and venues of work.

Fast facts:

  • People who normally drive about 15,000 miles per year can save around $2,000 in fuel costs per year by switching to an electric vehicle.
  • British Columbia has seen substantial growth in electric vehicle adoption, from 5,000 light-duty electric vehicles registered in British Columbia in 2016 to more than 85,000 today.
    • In the first quarter of 2022, electric vehicles accounted for 17% of new light passenger vehicles sold in British Columbia, representing the highest rate of electric vehicle adoption in North America.
    • Over the past five years, the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate program has helped more than 54,000 people across the province switch to a clean-energy EV.
    • In 2021, 18,533 EV rebates were issued.
  • The province continues to invest to expand the public electric vehicle charging network across British Columbia, and by the end of 2021 there were more than 3,100 public charging stations in British Columbia, compared to 781 in 2016.

Learn more:

For more details on the revised CleanBC Go Electric passenger vehicle rebate program, including eligibility criteria and rebate amounts, and to request a rebate online, visit the new CleanBC Go Electric webpage at address: https://goelectricbc.gov.bc.ca

For more information and tools to help you go electric on the road, visit BC Hydro’s Electric Vehicles website at: https://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/electric-vehicles. html

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