Incentives

Federal, provincial and even private industry incentives are accelerating EV adoption.

Rebates and other perks have a big impact on accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles in BC. They are provided by the federal government, provincial government, and even private industry. Some are administered by the team here at Plug In BC, but others are handled by governments, utilities or not-for-profit organizations.

CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program

The CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program is a sub-program of the CleanBC Go Electric Program and is intended to increase the number of public Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) stations throughout B.C. to support the growing number of ZEVs on the road.

The Program aims to fill current gaps in the public DCFC network in B.C. such as Indigenous communities, rural and northern areas, and city centers experiencing long queues for DCFCs due to high ZEV uptake.

Home and Workplace Charging Incentives

Considering the average B.C. driver who owns an EV can save about $1,800 a year on fuel costs, it is no surprise that EV ownership is on the rise.

For single-family homes, the cost of buying and installing a charging station can range from $700 to $2,000. Buying and installing a charging station at a Multi-Unit Residential Building (MURBs) can range from $2,000 to $12,000.

To help with the upfront costs that come with EVs, there are a number of incentive programs that are offered for single-family homes, multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces.

Clean BC – Go Electric EV Charger Rebate

CleanBC Program, offers single-family homes a $350 provincial rebate to install a Level 2 charging station. A $2,000 rebate is available for the installation of a Level 2 charging station designed for multiple users in condominiums, apartments and workplaces.

The CleanBC Home and Workplace EV Charging Program is being administered by BC Hydro and FortisBC in their respective delivery areas.

ZapBC

This is a private-sector incentive overseen by BC Scrap-It. The program provides a full rebate for the purchase of select charging stations. Credits for 2020 have run out, but they are keeping a waitlist for applications in the new year. Visit their website if you haven’t checked it out already! Please note: ZapBC cannot be combined with the Clean BC – Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program.

EV Advisor Service for Strata and Workplaces

EV advisors can help walk you through the process of getting electric vehicle charging in your building by providing lunch & learn sessions, presentations at AGMs/SGMs, or webinars for decision makers.

Please note that EV advisory services are available to Workplaces and Multi-unit residential buildings with shared parking garages in British Columbia. Detached houses, duplexes, rowhouses and townhouse units with individual private parking areas are not eligible for the EV Advisor service.

Visit the EV Advisors page to find out more.

Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive

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

The purchaser or lessee of an eligible vehicle can receive money back by applying to the program. The rebate will be limited to a maximum of 33% of the vehicle MSRP regardless of the total incentive amount indicated in a vehicle category. The amounts are subject to change and may be adjusted during the program period. Additionally, fleets are limited to no more than 5 rebates per organization.

Applications for any vehicle category incentive must be received within 90 days of purchasing the vehicle.

Passenger Vehicle Incentives

BC drivers can take advantage of three incentives to support the purchase of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids. These incentives can be combined for big savings!

Federal and provincial incentives can provide up to $8,000 off the purchase of a new electric vehicle. You may also be eligible for an additional rebate on a new or used electric vehicle if you are retiring an older gas vehicle through BC SCRAP-IT.

HOV Lane Access

Electric vehicles (EVs) displaying an official decal are allowed in provincial highway and municipal high-occupancy-vehicle lanes in British Columbia regardless of the number of passengers in the car, unless a sign is posted indicating otherwise.

See the listing of specific highways, examples of signage, and the application form here on the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure site.

Education and Outreach Incentives

Electric vehicle owners are eager to share their experiences and answer questions about EVs. The Emotive education and outreach program allows electric vehicle champions to do just that by accessing funding and other resources. Local governments, non-profit organizations and businesses are eligible for Emotive Community Outreach Incentive support.