B.C., Canada: $11,000 ($8,500 US) On Table To Switch From A Gasser To A New EV

FEB 11 2017 BY MARK KANE 8

British Columbia is one of the most electric vehicle friendly province in Canada with 4,800 zero-emission vehicles on the road today (the highest ratio of ZEV sales in Canada) and highest number of public charging stations per captia (1,100 Level 2 and 30 fast chargers).

Nissan LEAF and charging station in British Columbia

Now, to encourage residents to switch to electric drive even faster, B.C. now offers a couple purchase incentives though a new $40 million Clean Energy Vehicle Program:

  • $5,000 for battery electric vehicles
  • $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles

…with price cap of $77,000.

Combined with SCRAP-IT’s (a non-profit society in British Columbia) new program incentives, which now offers $6,000 when picking up a new BEV (or $3,000 for a used BEV) when turning in an old petrol vehicle, a total savings of up to $11,000 ($8,500 USD) can be had for an electric vehicle purchase.

Government charges up incentives for zero-emission vehicles

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett today announced an investment of $40 million to encourage British Columbians to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support investment in made-in-B.C. green technology.

“Zero-emission vehicles are clean, quiet and reliable, and help drivers reduce fuel and maintenance costs and tailpipe emissions, and are a growing economic sector in the province,” said Bennett. “Additional funding of $40 million for the Clean Energy Vehicle Program will help make zero-emission vehicles more affordable for British Columbians and build out charging infrastructure at residences, businesses and along our roads and highways to make sure there are places to charge them up.”

Chevrolet Bolt EVs just started arriving in BC in late January – perfect timing if one has a petrol car to turn in.

The funding for the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program will be distributed over the next three years to support continued point-of-sale purchase incentives of up to $5,000 for battery electric vehicles and $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. When combined with SCRAP-IT program incentives, total savings could be up to $11,000 for a new electric vehicle.

Programs funded within the $40 million are also under development to:

  • Expand public, residential and workplace charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.
  • Support research, economic development and job training in the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sector.
  • Increase public awareness of the benefits of ZEVs.
  • Continue purchase incentives for specialty-use vehicles used in vehicle fleets such as light-duty zero-emission trucks, buses and motorcycles.
  • Provide incentives for bikes, electric bikes, electric scooters, car share credits and transit passes when someone scraps an older vehicle.

“Transportation accounts for nearly half of the emissions by the average B.C. family, and light-duty vehicles account for 14% of B.C.’s overall emissions. With 98% of our electricity in B.C coming from clean or renewable sources, encouraging people to buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle is one of best ways we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure British Columbia remains a climate action leader,” said Minister of Environment Mary Polak.

The vehicle price cap established for the CEV Program in March 2016 remains in effect – vehicles priced above $77,000 are ineligible for purchase incentives. The vehicle incentives will continue to be administered and delivered by the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia.

“The New Car Dealers Association of BC applauds the Government of British Columbia’s climate action leadership and its progressive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building on effective initiatives such as the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEVforBC) incentive program,” said Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. “Programs like CEVforBC coupled with expanding charging systems will ensure B.C. remains a national leader in climate action and clean-energy vehicle usage. Our industry, including dealers, vehicle manufacturers and other key partners, look forward to working with the Province to continue to grow and maximize the potential of point-of-sale programs to incentivize the sale of clean-energy vehicles.”

The funding provides more money per year to meet growing demand for rebates on vehicles and specialty-use vehicles, and supports the expansion of charging stations, hydrogen fuelling stations and the development of new research and training programs, fulfilling the Province’s undertaking in the Climate Leadership Plan to expand the CEV Program to support new vehicle incentives and infrastructure, as well as education and economic development initiatives.

“Members of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association talk with thousands of people who are thinking about buying an electric vehicle, so we know what is on their minds as they contemplate a purchase,” said Bruce Sharpe, president of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association. “The CEV program addresses many of the key factors needed for electric vehicle adoption with its support for awareness, purchase incentives, and charging infrastructure. We welcome this significant additional investment in the program as well as the recent increases in the SCRAP-IT program. We are also pleased to see support for vehicles other than cars, such as bikes, scooters, and specialty vehicles. The CEV program will encourage the uptake of all these great clean energy vehicles which will have benefits for greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, and energy efficiency.”

“The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is tremendously excited to see continued investment from the British Columbia government in zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell technology through its Clean Energy vehicle incentives,” said Daryl Wilson, chairman of the CHFCA. “These initiatives are further evidence of the strong commitment the Government of B.C. has made to supporting British Columbia’s world-leading hydrogen infrastructure, and accelerating consumer adoption of fuel cell vehicles in the province.”

Continued, stable funding for the Clean Energy Vehicle Program supports the growth of B.C.’s zero-emission vehicle sector, creating jobs and economic opportunities for companies and organizations involved in all aspects of the supply chain – from raw materials to final consumer products – related to vehicles or vehicle components, fuel and charging infrastructure and transferable technologies and services.

“As a key component supplier to leading zero-emission, electric-drive vehicle manufacturers around the world, Delta-Q supports the Government of British Columbia’s continued efforts to grow the zero-emission vehicle sector,” said Ken Fielding, CEO of Delta-Q Technologies Corporation. “Delta-Q’s high-efficiency battery chargers are well regarded in the electric vehicle markets we serve which include all kinds of industrial, commercial, recreational and electric mobility vehicles. By investing in this area, collaborating with local universities and government bodies, we have further strengthened our position in this competitive market-place and continue to build on our reputation as an innovation leader.”

Funding for incentives of $500 toward the cost of bicycles, electric bicycles, electric scooters, car-share credits and transit passes when someone scraps an older vehicle will be distributed by SCRAP-IT BC. Incentives from SCRAP-IT BC for the purchase of a new electric vehicle have been increased from $3,250 to $6,000, and SCRAP-IT BC is also now offering incentives of $3,000 for the purchase of a used electric vehicle.

“We congratulate the B.C. government on this announcement to continue to support the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program and related initiatives,” said Dennis Rogoza, CEO of the BC SCRAP-IT Program Society. “These are very important to building consumer confidence in electric vehicles. Attractive incentives from both the CEV and SCRAP-IT Programs along with added recharging infrastructure will accelerate large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in British Columbia. SCRAP-IT is pleased the Government will also be supporting new incentives for consumers through SCRAP-IT for other low-emission options such as transit passes, car share programs and bikes”.

The Province introduced the CEV Program in 2011 and – including today’s announcement – has since committed more than $71 million for vehicle purchase incentives, charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, vehicle fleet programs, public outreach, and research and training.

The #BCTECH Strategy is a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse innovation economy. The multi-year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund and initiatives to increase talent development and market access for tech companies that will drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.

Quick Facts:

  • B.C has the highest ratio of ZEV sales to non-ZEV sales in Canada with over 4,800 ZEVs on the road.
  • B.C. has the largest charging network in Canada with over 1,100 public, Level 2 charging stations and 30 fast-charging stations.
  • Each electric vehicle on the road in B.C. displaces four tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
  • Eligible electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles displaying an official decal are allowed in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes throughout the province regardless of the number of passengers in the vehicle.
  • In 2015, the ZEV sector in B.C. encompassed 198 companies, employed approximately 3,850 full-time equivalents, and contributed approximately $700 million in total direct economic activity.

Learn More:

B.C. Clean Energy Vehicle Program: www.gov.bc.ca/cleanenergyvehicleprogram

CEVforBC: https://www.cevforbc.ca/

SCRAP-IT BC: https://scrapit.ca/

B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan: http://climate.gov.bc.ca/

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8 Comments on "B.C., Canada: $11,000 ($8,500 US) On Table To Switch From A Gasser To A New EV"

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To be clear, the program has been in existence for several years (though it took a break from March 2014 to April 2015 approx); this announcement was to refill the kitty. At the same time the Scrapit incentive increased from 3-6k on new cars. They also announced new incentives for commercial vehicles (eg electric buses, medium duty trucks, low speed vehicles, etc).

Of course with my luck I needed to buy a vehicle in May 2014… and totally missed out on any incentives! If the Model Y or an electric Rogue (pretty please Nissan!) arrive in time maybe I’ll get some incentives for the next vehicle purchase.

Don’t forget the $250 dealer incentive as part of the scrapit program. That $11,250 total incentives BC.

My Bolt is scheduled to come off the production line in the next two weeks! Looks like it will arrive at dealership well before end of March. Getting the allocation at a dealer outside greater Vancouver proved to be a little nerve racking but she is finally confirmed.

Exciting! Whereabouts are you? I was asking at our local Volt dealer a few months ago and they were on the fence about getting them. I don’t need one right now so didn’t push them, but sure would like to see it!

Congrats on the confirmed build date, my Bolt was allegedly built in late January and I’m crossing my fingers for a February delivery!

Check the scrap it program’s website, there are only 500 EV rebates for 2017 and the last time I checked 80 have already been claimed and that number seems to be climbing at around 10/day. I feel for those who want to get in the Bolt lineup but won’t get a car until later this year and will miss out on the scrap it incentive. Maybe they’ll add to the pot due to high demand?

I’m in the Okanagan. I put down payment on Nov 8 2016 knowing full well it would be mid Feb to late March for delivery. The dealer didn’t receive its dealer allocation until last week even though they had confirmed by phone my first quarter 2017 delivery with the district office over a month ago. I submitted the preliminary form to Scrapit along with ICBC information yesterday. I expect the authorization code from Scrapit Monday or Tuesday. I am scraping a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid. Hybrid battery giving degradation warnings and would cost $4000 to replace battery so works for us. Not bad for 13 years on a 7 year warranty. Between my location and Vancouver there are DC fast chargers in Hope and several more along the way. An hour of fast charging will get me to Van. The big problem I’d going east. Once you get to Revelstoke going into Alberta no DC fast chargers until Calgary. That makes it pretty near impossible without stopping for the night or if you can find a plug share for 3-4 hours. Guess Alberta prefers us using oil. There are four DC fast chargers between Surrey and North Vancouver under Greenlots.… Read more »

Hey Arthur, are you in Kelowna? I’m in the okanagan as well would love to chat with you about driving an EV in this part of Canada. My wife and I have been thinking about it for a while.

It only BC Government can get their ship together and install the DCFC network that they promised. The implementation is way behind schedule – Some stations designed for phase 1 still haven’t started construction. Money for rebate would be much better off to get more DCFC stations.

> and 30 fast chargers

And don’t forget, BC is twice the size of California. About 1.5 times bigger than France. Sure the population is only 4.8 mil, so that has to be a consideration.

In Vancouver, the biggest city in the province, there are no fast chargers available (just noticed one at PNE location, but that’s in the top corner of the city, and only a single charger!). There are some in the suburbs, but that’s a drive out there, and of course if you can’t charge at home, that can be an issue if you don’t have enough charge to get there.

If the government here wants EV’s to be widespread, there has to be more fast chargers, and there has to be some inside the city limits of Vancouver itself.

Seattle, has 4 to 5 fast chargers in the city itself for comparison, and they are centrally located.