Electric vehicle rebates

B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government organizations who purchase or lease qualifying new vehicles are eligible for up to $3,000 off the pre-tax sticker price, thanks to the government's CEVforBC™ program.

Here's the breakdown of the incentive amounts for the purchase of different types of vehicles:

  • $3,000 for purchase or lease of a new battery electric vehicle (BEV/EV).
  • $1,500 for purchase or lease of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
  • $3,000 for purchase or lease of a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCEV).

Find out more about the CEVforBC™ program.

Which vehicles qualify for the up-to-$3,000 rebate?

The BC Ministry of Energy and Mines has established incentive amounts based on vehicle type and battery capacity. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs or EVs), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) above a 15kWh capacity are eligible for the full incentive amount up to $3,000, while plug-in hybrids below 15kWh (but above 4kWh) are eligible for incentives up to $1,500.

As of June 22, 2019, vehicles with an MSRP of more than $55,000 are not eligible for the incentive.

Find out more about eligible vehicles from CEVforBC™.

Saving money while buying an electric vehicle

Federal incentives up to $5,000 are also available

Qualifying vehicles (battery electric and longer range plug-in hybrids) are also eligible for rebates from the federal government, ranging from $2,500 for most PHEVs up to $5,000 for EVs and a few select PHEVs. Vehicles need to have a base model MSRP of $45,000 or less, with higher values qualifying when the vehicle has more than seven seats.

Learn about federal incentives and qualifying vehicles.

Home EV charger rebate up to $700 available

If you've recently purchased and installed an EV charger in your single-family home, you could be eligible for up to a $350 incentive from the Government of B.C., which BC Hydro is topping up for a limited time. There are also provincial incentives for apartments/condos and workplaces for the purchase and installation of eligible EV chargers, up to a maximum of $2,000 per station.

How we calculate the home charger rebate amount

The Government of B.C. is offering a rebate of up to 50% of purchase and installation costs of eligible new, Level 2 charging equipment, to a maximum of $350. BC Hydro is providing a top-up to the provincial offer for a limited time bringing the total maximum rebate amount to $700.  

Examples:

If your eligible costs were $1,400 or more, your maximum rebate amount is $700.

  • $350 from the Government of B.C.
  • $350 from BC Hydro

If your eligible costs were $1,000, your maximum rebate amount is $500. 

  • $350 from the Government of B.C.
  • $150 from BC Hydro

If your eligible costs were $600, your maximum rebate amount is $300. 

  • $300 from the Government of B.C.
  • $0 from BC Hydro

BC Hydro is administering the provincial charger rebate program. You only need to submit one application; rebate amounts from both parties will be combined. 

Learn more and apply for the charger rebate program.

Look out for more SCRAP-IT incentives in 2020

The BC SCRAP-IT program offers incentives to use towards the cost of a new EV and other low-carbon forms of transportation when you scrap your existing gas-powered vehicle. The incentives apply to purchases of both new and EVs.

All 2019 SCRAP-IT incentives have now been allocated, but there may be more available in 2020.

Visit SCRAP-IT for full program details and a list of dealers that have specific vehicles available with incentives.

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