Clean Energy Vehicles
Approximately one-third of B.C.'s GHG emissions come from transportation.
The increased market growth and adoption of clean energy vehicles (CEVs) in B.C. is a vital part of the province’s transportation future. By 2050, CEVs could make up the vast majority of all new vehicle sales in B.C. and will be well on their way to becoming the mainstream choice. The range and variety of CEVs will continue to expand, providing consumers with more affordable and appealing low emission vehicle options than ever before. Families and businesses alike will enjoy lower costs for fuel and taking pride in the fact that their actions support local, clean energy resources that reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels and support the global fight against climate change. Our streets will be cleaner and quieter, as polluting fumes and idling traffic noise are quickly becoming things of the past. CEV drivers will experience unrestricted mobility, comfort and convenience to go between any community in the Province. They can easily charge up at home, at work or ‘on-the-move’ with no need for range anxiety or long wait times. The rapid growth of the CEV market will also spur increased services and technologies that will create new and exciting jobs for British Columbians and further enhance the Province’s ability to attract competitive investment as Canada’s leader in clean transportation and technology solutions.
On November 5, 2011, the British Columbia Government announced new program funding of $14.3 million for a new Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program. The CEV Program will provide British Columbians with more affordable clean energy transportation solutions.
Update: 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.
There are three main program areas under the CEV Program:
- CEVforBC™ Point-of-sale incentives:
The CEVforBC™ Point of Sale Incentive Program is being administered by the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia. Incentives are available to British Columbians of between $2,500 and $5,000 on eligible clean energy vehicles including the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Plug-In Prius, Chevrolet Volt, light-duty natural gas vehicles, light-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and other qualifying vehicles bought or leased on or after December 1, 2011. This program will continue until March 31, 2014, or when funding is depleted, whichever comes first. A new website (http://www.cevforbc.ca) has been launched to provide all program details, including a running tally of incentive funds remaining.
- LiveSmart BC Residential Charging Point Rebate Program:
Rebates of up to $500 per unit for residential electric charging stations that meet identified eligibility requirements for any charging equipment purchased on or after December 1, 2011 are available. This program will continue until March 31, 2014, or when funding is depleted, whichever comes first. Additional information can be found at LiveSmartBC.ca/incentives/transportation/CEV-rebates.html#residential.
- CEV Infrastructure Deployment Program:
The government has committed $6.5 million in infrastructure funding for electric vehicle charging points and upgrading existing hydrogen fuelling stations. As part of this funding, 570 Level 2 (240V) electric vehicle charging stations will be installed across the province though a Community Charging Infrastructure Fund (administered by the Fraser Basin Council). Information is available online at www.PlugInBC.ca. There will also be 30 DC Fast Charging stations deployed across the province at strategic locations creating a network of fast charging opportunities for electric vehicles.
News Release 17 Jan 2013 - B.C. plugging in to electric vehicle fast chargers (Link)
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