Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive.

Purchase an eligible vehicle. Apply for your rebate. Receive up to $100,000 back.

The maximum rebate for medium and heavy-duty vehicles has been increased from $50,000 to $100,000, effective October 30, 2020.
 
The rebate percentage for eligible tourism operators (members of B.C. Destination Marketing Organizations) for on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles has been increased from 33% to 66%, with a maximum cap of $100,000, effective October 30, 2020. 

 

The CleanBC Go Electric Program is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in British Columbia (B.C.) for both their environmental and economic benefits.

The CleanBC Go Electric Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI Program) is a sub-program of the CleanBC Go Electric Program and is designed to support the adoption of ZEVs in a variety of applications including motorcycles, low-speed vehicles, electric cargo bicycles (cargo e-bikes), utility vehicles, and a variety of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, referred to as specialty-use vehicles. The SUVI Program targets specialty-use vehicles that are not included in the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program, which focuses on light-duty (passenger) vehicles.

Rebates

The SUVI Program provides rebates on cargo e-bikes, electric motorcycles, utility trucks, buses & more!

Applicants for cargo e-bikes, on road medium and heavy duty vehicles, utility vehicles, airport, and port specialty vehicles must have a valid B.C. business licence or be a non-profit organization or a public entity. 

The SUVI Program provides rebates on zero-emission motorcycles, cargo e-bikes, utility trucks, buses and more.

There are six vehicle categories in the SUVI Program:

  • Zero-emission motorcycles
  • Low-speed vehicles
  • Cargo e-bikes
  • On-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles
  • Airport and port specialty vehicles
  • Utility vehicles

A previous category for forklifts was removed August 5, 2020.

  • Applicants for cargo e-bikes, on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles, airport and port specialty vehicles and utility vehicles must have a valid B.C. business license or be a non-profit organization or a public sector organization.
  • The purchaser or lessee of an eligible vehicle can receive money back by applying to the SUVI Program. The rebate will be limited to a maximum of 33% of the vehicle MSRP or the maximum rebate amount listed in the respective vehicle category, whichever is less. The rebate percentage for eligible tourism operators (members of B.C. Destination Marketing Organizations) for on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles is 66%, with a maximum cap of $100,000, effective October 30, 2020. Rebate amounts are subject to change.
  • Organizations are limited to ten rebates each, though they may apply for an exception at SUVI@pluginbc.ca.
  • Rebate applications must be received within 90 days of purchasing the vehicle.

 

Zero-emission motorcycles and low-speed vehicles

Both individuals and organizations may apply for zero-emission motorcycle rebates, including limited-speed motorcycles, as well as low-speed vehicle rebates.

Cargo e-bikes

Only organizations (including B.C. businesses with a valid business license, non-profit organizations, and public sector organizations may apply for cargo e-bike rebates.

Cargo e-bikes must have a minimum 125 litre cargo volume capacity and a minimum 130 kg weight capacity as defined below:

  • Only designated cargo-style e-bikes can apply for inclusion in the program.
  • Minimum transport volume shall be calculated by multiplying the flatbed load area by the maximum acceptable load height. If specific cargo boxes exist for the e-bike, their volume may be used instead.
  • Load area is the available non-overhanging flat-bed cargo area and should be calculated to exclude attachment points.
  • For e-bikes with transport boxes or load beds ahead of the rider (e.g. “Long-John” models) the acceptable maximum load height shall be that of the handlebars, unless defined otherwise by the manufacturer.
  • For e-bikes with open transport beds or boxes positioned behind the rider, maximum acceptable load height shall be taken as the sum of the length and width of the available load bed area. When the open transport bed or box is positioned on a rear-rack, mounted on top of the rear wheel, the maximum acceptable load height shall be the difference between the load bed floor and the handlebar height.
  • For “long tail’ or similar two-wheel e-bikes where loads may largely be carried to the side of the structure, rather than on a flat bed, the effective load bed width shall be taken as 80 cm when calculating load area.
  • Weight capacity means weight of rider plus weight of luggage. If only a specification for luggage weight is available, this must be at least 50 kg. Where luggage capabilities are provided by the installation of after-market racks and baskets, the weight capacity of said after-market attachments must be greater than 50 kg.

Zero-Emission Medium and heavy-duty vehicles

Fleets (organizations including businesses, non-profits and public sector organizations) may apply for rebates on eligible zero-emission buses, trucks and more. The rebate will be limited to a maximum of 33% of the vehicle MSRP or the maximum rebate amount listed in the respective vehicle category, whichever is less. The rebate percentage for eligible tourism operators (members of B.C. Destination Marketing Organizations) for on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles is 66%, with a maximum cap of $100,000, effective October 30, 2020.

Zero-emission airport and port specialty vehicles

Fleets (organizations including businesses, non-profits and public sector organizations) may apply for rebates on eligible zero-emission airport and port equipment.

Zero-Emission utility vehicles

Fleets (organizations including businesses, non-profits and public sector organizations) may apply for rebates on eligible zero-emission all-terrain vehicles, off-road side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles and more.

Forklifts

The forklift category of the program was removed August 5, 2020.

Rebate Amounts for Leased Vehicles

Leased vehicles are eligible for a rebate depending on the term of the lease and whether the vehicle is used for personal or fleet purposes as shown below. To qualify for the full value of the rebate, a minimum 36-month lease is required for non-fleet applicants. If the applicant breaks the lease, the applicant will be required to return the difference between the original lease time rebate and the actual lease time rebate.

Rebates for individuals

Individuals may apply for rebates when purchasing eligible zero-emission motorcycles and low-speed vehicles, including limited-speed motorcycles.

Rebates for fleets and organizations

Businesses and other organizations such as non-profits and public sector organizations may apply for rebates on zero-emission motorcycles, low-speed vehicles, on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles, airport and port specialty vehicles and utility vehicles.

Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

The SUVI Program is available to individuals and to public and private organizations/fleets in British Columbia. Individuals may only access rebates for zero-emission motorcycles and low-speed vehicles. Organizations may access all vehicle categories, are limited to ten rebates. The purchaser / lessee of the vehicle must be a person, business, non-profit, or public sector organization that is based in British Columbia or that has a British Columbia-based affiliate. All businesses must provide a valid B.C. business license when submitting an application to the SUVI Program.

Vehicle Eligibility

In the case of cargo e-bikes not currently on the eligible vehicle list that don’t have a standard model, such as a non-electric cargo e-bike converted using an electric kit, rebate support can potentially be offered as long as the cargo bicycle and electrification kit are newly purchased.

This Program supports zero-emission vehicles in a variety of applications including motorcycles, low-speed vehicles and unique service vehicles, referred to as specialty-use vehicles. Only vehicles on the list are eligible for rebates.

Manufacturers wishing to add their product to the list must complete and follow the instructions on the OEM Application. Manufacturers or suppliers, please contact Daniel.Clancy@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions or updates to the list of eligible vehicles.

This Program targets specialty-use vehicles that are not included in the CleanBC Go Electric passenger vehicle rebates. Only new vehicles are eligible for incentives; previously used or conversions are not eligible.

In the case of cargo e-bikes not currently on the eligible vehicle list that don’t have a standard model, such as a non-electric cargo e-bike converted using an electric kit, rebate support can potentially be offered as long as the cargo bicycle and electrification kit are newly purchased. Please email SUVI@pluginbc.ca.

Additional eligibility information

Application Process

To apply to the SUVI Program, applicants must complete the online application form and provide all necessary supporting documentation (e.g. final bill of sale that includes VIN, model, name and address of purchaser/lessee, purchase date and price; business license if applicable). The completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 90 days after the vehicle purchase and before March 31, 2023 in order to qualify for the rebate.

If the application is accepted, Plug In BC staff will initiate the rebate process with the applicant. If the SUVI Program is modified or terminated, a completed eligible application form received prior to a change or the termination will be administered in accordance with the Program as it existed effective as of the submitted date of the application.

FAQ

How many incentives can I/we apply for?

An individual may receive a maximum of 5 rebates from the SUVI Program. An organization (business, non-profit, public sector organization) may receive a maximum of 10 rebates from the SUVI Program. Requests for more than 10 rebates for organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Does the vehicle have to be based in BC?

Yes, to receive a vehicle rebate the vehicle must remain plated, registered, and insured in British Columbia in the applicant’s name for at least 12 months from date of sale for the low-speed vehicle, airport and port equipment and utility vehicle categories, and at least 36 months for on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicle and airport and port specialty vehicle categories.

Are converted vehicles eligible for the incentive?

No, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or its authorized licensee must manufacture the vehicle.

How many incentives are available?

The SUVI Program has a limited budget, all applications are subject to available Program funds. As part of StrongerBC, in fall 2020 the SUVI Program received an additional $31 million in funding.

How quickly do I need to apply once I’ve purchased the vehicle?

You must apply within 90 days of purchasing the vehicle in order to be eligible for the rebate.

Do I need to physically have the vehicle before I apply?

You must have made your order and purchased the vehicle, however, if the vehicle hasn’t yet been delivered you may still apply. Note you will be required to supply the vehicle identification number (VIN) now or at some point in the future.

How do I add my vehicle to the eligibility list?

Manufacturers wishing to add their vehicle to the eligibility list, must complete the OEM Application.

The CleanBC Go Electric Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program is one of a suite of programs offered under the Province of BC’s CleanBC Go Electric Program. The program is funded through the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and is administered by the Fraser Basin Council Society.

For more information, please contact suvi@pluginbc.ca