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British Columbia offers EV rebate

Long overdue, but Britsh Columbians will now get a $5,000 rebate when they buy any EV. Here's the fully story.

Effective December 1st, 2011, incentives of up to $5,000 per eligible clean energy vehicle will be available to B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organisations, and local government organisations. Incentives will be available until March 31st, 2013 or until available funding is depleted (whichever comes first). Enough funding should be available to meet the expected demand (approximately 1370 vehicle incentives).

An Eligible Vehicles List will be approved and updated by the Ministry of Environment, and will include these types of vehicles:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – $5,000

Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) – $5,000

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles / Extended Range Electric Vehicles:

Battery capacity of 4.0 - 9.9 kWh – $2,500
Battery capacity of 10.0 - 14.9 kWh – $3,500
Battery capacity of 15.0 kWh and greater – $5,000

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles (not heavy duty) – $2,500

The final price (including incentive) will be indicated on the sticker of the car on the dealer lot. In other words, the cost of the vehicle less the incentive amounts are all processed upon sale by the dealership. The New Car Dealers Association of BC is working with their partners to coordinate the ‘back-end’ process which means a no-hassle experience for the consumer.

Overall program management and administration for this LiveSmart Program will be through the New Car Dealers Association of BC, who will be launching a dedicated Clean Energy Vehicle Program website on December 1st, 2011 at www.cevforbc.ca.

For more information, please email info@cevforbc.ca.

Good news for Britsh Columbians. (replying to distinguish this from spam flood).

Looks like about a $4 million total funding. Kind of chintzy.

Wrong $&@( coast -.-

It's actually $6.8 million or almost 1,400 vehicle purchases. Not great, but it's a start. The unique thing is that the province will also pay homeowners $500 to install a dedicated charging station in their home for their EV. Don't know any other province or state that is offering a charging station rebate. Plus they are coughing up and $6 million to businesses that want to build new charging stations.

That's great! I was starting to think that only Ontario and Quebec were going to be giving the EV rebates. Starting January 1st 2012, Quebec will be offering a 50% rebate (maxed out at $1K) for the installation of a charging station in the home in addition to the $8K rebate for the EV (http://www.vehiculeselectriques.gouv.qc.ca/english/press/index.asp).


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