In British Columbia, EV Buyers Still Get $5,000 Rebate, Hydrogen Gets Love Too

MAR 26 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

British Columbia, Canada has basically re-approved a substantial point-of-sale rebate program for plug-in electric cars.

The program went into affect on April 1, 2015.

Eligible vehicles receives rebates of up to $6,000.

Here’s how Canada’s CBC News reported the story:

The incentive program will provide B.C. residents with up to $5,000 off the pre-tax sticker price for new battery electric, fuel-cell electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, said a release from the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia.

The announcement expands on a rebate program that expired last year, and comes one week after Scrap-It, a non-profit society, offered British Columbians a $3,250 rebate to trade in old vehicles for electric cars.

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular in Canada.  Check out the rising number of charge events (below) for proof of electric car proliferation in B.C.

Usage At Charging Stations In British Columbia Doubles From August 2013 To August 2014

Usage At Charging Stations In British Columbia Doubles From August 2013 To August 2014

Here are the vehicles eligible for the point-of-sale rebate, and the maximum amounts:

  • Battery electric vehicle: $5,000
  • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle: $6,000
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle/extended range electric vehicle with a minimum battery capacity greater than 15 kilowatt hours: $5,000
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle/extended range electric vehicle with a minimum battery capacity of less than 15kWh but greater than 4kWh: $2,500

Lessees are eligible to receive a rebate too, but the amount varies depending on the terms of the lease.

Why do hydrogen cars get the maximum rebate?  The reason, as laid out in the release, is that the infrastructure is lacking and the rebate is needed to entice buyers.

The rebate program runs until March 31, 2018 or when the $10.6 million in funding runs out, whichever comes first.

Source: CBC News, hat tip Don N!

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12 Comments on "In British Columbia, EV Buyers Still Get $5,000 Rebate, Hydrogen Gets Love Too"

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This is great news. I almost bought a cute black Smart EV, but the old incentive literally ran out of funding just before signing. Good fortune though and worth the wait. Alright Elon, now it’s your job to get the Tesla Model 3 in production before this fund runs out too.

Very good.

Nice to see this. Although the 10.6 million in funding in only enough for ~2000 cars.

Considering we have maybe 600 EVs on the road here, that’s not as bad as you’d think.

Scratch that, it’s probably about 1300. By the time the last rebate ended, it was around 1000.

Either way, it looks like they’re planning on this fund lasting about a year or two.

Dang i was hoping to get $5000 off a new Sonata PHEV but i think its only going to have a 9kwh battery.

“The program went into affect on April 1, 2015.”

My watch must be a week slow LOL or the OP’s watch is running a week fast.

Also, if you are trading in a 15 year old clunker (circa 2000 or earlier), you may also qualify for an additional $3000 for that car.

Making it a total of up to $8000 off your EV purchase.

I’m a bit cheesed that they let it run out for one year and then reintroduced it. Unfairly penalized a few hundred families in BC – I know for myself I was in a situation of needing to buy an car three months after it ran out last year. I suppose I could have bought an ICE car and burned 6 tonnes of GHG and all the associates air pollution in the meantime, but I instead decided to take the plunge and go fully EV to avoid that sunk cost (both monetary and emissions) because the gov’t gave zero indication at the time that the program would ever be reinstated. Here we are 9 months later and the program is all of a sudden back and their fickleness cost my young family over $6k (accounting for avoided taxes because it was a point of sale rebate before tax). While I’m happy that the program is back to encourage other buyers, I can’t help but feel bitter at the gov’t (and I did write letters, I’m not just complaining in public :). Anyways, I’ve enjoyed owning our EV so far. My wife had a thought this morning – what about a… Read more »

Someone let those jerk salesmen at the KIA dealership know. :-/

Why, what are *they* doing?

See the comments in the earlier story about the KIA Soul EV.

Great deal for the residents of British Columbia! I am a Michigan resident (Detroit)where this EV is made,looking to purchase a 2016 Chevrolet Volt and I wish our government had your mind set! Give us money(a rebate) at the point of Sale not a tax credit that only helps people with 6 figure incomes! I want Michigan to led the nation in EV sales not California or Georgia.