Rebates improvements make electric cars more accessible

The province is improving access to electric vehicles (EVs) by increasing maximum discount amounts and making sure they go to the people who need them most.

“More and more people in British Columbia want an electric car to save money on gas and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Minerals and Low Carbon Innovation. “We are improving our discount program to make electric vehicles more affordable and available to more families.”

The maximum regional discount under the CleanBC Go Electric Passenger Vehicle Rebate Program when buying or renting a battery-powered vehicle (BEV), fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), and long-range hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is an increase from $3,000 to $4,000. The maximum deduction for low-range PHEVs has been increased from $1,500 to $2,000.

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

To ensure that electric vehicle rebates are available to people and families who need them most, eligibility for a discount will depend on individual or household income levels:

  • Individuals with annual incomes of up to $80,000 (family income up to $125,000) will be eligible for maximum deduction amounts of $2,000 for low-range PHEVs or $4,000 for home electric vehicles, FCEVs, and PHEVs.
  • Individuals with annual incomes between $80,001 and $100,000 (family income between $125,001 and $165,000) will be eligible for rebates ranging from $500 to $2,000, depending on the income level and vehicle type chosen.
  • Individuals with annual income greater than $100,000 (family income over $165,000) will not be eligible for regional EV discounts.

Based on our 2020 income tax returns, more than 90% of British Columbians qualify for the regional electric vehicle deduction. When combined with federal rebates, British Columbians can save up to $9,000 on buying or renting a new electric vehicle.

said Blair Qualley, president and CEO of New York Automobile Dealers Association, BC. “The recent changes go even further and ensure that those at the lower end of the income bracket are more able to buy a clean-energy car – and this is good news for the sector, for the government and most importantly for the environment.”

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

This year, BC made electric cars exempt from regional sales tax, making electric vehicle purchases affordable and providing more options.

CleanBC’s Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Discount Program offers regional discounts that can cover up to 50% of eligible purchase and installation costs of EV charging stations for single-family homes, condominiums, apartments and workplaces.

quick Facts:

  • People who drive approximately 15,000 kilometers per year can save approximately $2,000 in fuel costs per year by switching to EV.
  • British Columbia has seen significant growth in uptake of electric vehicles, from 5,000 light 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-duty passenger vehicles sold in British Columbia, the highest rate of electric vehicle adoption in North America.
    • In the past five years, the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program has helped more than 54,000 people in the county transition to a clean-energy electric vehicle.
    • In 2021, 18,533 EV discounts were issued.
  • The province continues to make investments to expand its public electric vehicle charging network across British Columbia, and at the end of 2021, there were more than 3,100 public charging stations in British Columbia, compared to 781 in 2016.

Learn more:

For full details of the CleanBC Go Electric passenger car discount program, including eligibility criteria and discount amounts, and to apply for the discount online, visit the new CleanBC Go Electric webpage at: https://goelectricbc.gov.bc.ca

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

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