Explore rebates for new EVs and chargers
Switching to an EV comes with many benefits, and the current financial rebates are a good incentive to take the plunge sooner rather than later. Review the various EV rebates below to make sure you don't miss out on the offers available to you. Remember to read up on the eligibility criteria of each program before making a purchase.
B.C.'s vehicle rebates
Individuals leasing or buying a new electric vehicle in B.C. are eligible for up to $4,000 off the after-tax vehicle price, thanks to the government of B.C.'s CleanBC Go Electric program.
Here's the breakdown of the incentive amounts for the purchase or lease of each vehicle type:
- Up to $4,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric vehicle (BEV) or extended-range (ER)-EV.
- Up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
- Up to $4,000 for the purchase or lease of a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCEV).
How do I qualify for the rebate?
To apply for a rebate, you must be a B.C. resident with a valid B.C. driver’s licence. The rebate amount is based on your total gross annual income and the type of vehicle you’re buying. If you have an income of $100,001 and above, you’re not eligible for a rebate. Pre-approval for a rebate is required before buying your EV.
What happens after I’m pre-approved?
You have a year to use your rebate once your application is approved. Once you’re ready to make a purchase, visit your local EV dealership. Your rebate pre-approval will be tied to your B.C. driver’s licence and will be applied when you purchase a vehicle.
Which vehicles qualify for the up-to-$4,000 rebate?
The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation has established incentive amounts based on vehicle type and battery capacity. Battery electric vehicles and extended-range (ER) EVs, fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) with an electric range of 85 km or greater are eligible for the full incentive amount up to $4,000, while plug-in hybrids with an electric range of less than 85 km are eligible for incentives up to $2,000.
As of August 2, 2022, cars (including two seaters, compacts, mid-sizes, and large cars) with an MSRP of more than $55,000 are not eligible for the incentive. Larger vehicles with an MSRP of more than $70,000 are not eligible.
Find out more about eligible vehicles from CleanBC Go Electric.
Federal vehicle rebates
Get up to $5,000 off the purchase price of a new EV
There are additional incentives for purchasing an electric vehicle in Canada. 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 $55,000 or less, with higher values qualifying for larger vehicle types.
Federal incentives are in addition to provincial rebates and are also applied at the point of sale.
Learn about federal incentives and qualifying vehicles.
Find your next ride
Ready to start shopping? Learn about EV models available in B.C., current rebates and vehicle features.
If you’re beginning to shop for a charger, learn about the features to consider when choosing an EV charger and how an electrician can help. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, view our database of EV chargers eligible for rebates to find a model that meets your needs and our rebate criteria.
Charger rebate top-ups may be available
Indigenous communities and some local governments are offering enhanced rebate offers. If your application is eligible for an enhanced offer, the value of your rebate payment will be adjusted automatically.
Check out SCRAP-IT incentives up to $500
The BC SCRAP-IT program offers incentives to use towards the cost of an EV or other low-carbon form of transportation when you scrap your existing gas-powered vehicle. The incentives apply to purchases of both new and used EVs.
Visit SCRAP-IT for full program details.