There are currently three vehicle incentive programs available in BC, plus an additional specialty use vehicle incentive, to help reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle:
- Federal iZEV Program
- Clean Energy Vehicle Program (CEVforBC)
- BC SCRAP-IT Program
- Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive Program
Federal iZEV Program
As of May 1, 2019, the Government of Canada provides point-of-sale incentives for fully battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with a base model MSRP under $45,000, or under $55,000 in the case of vehicles with 7+ seats. Higher trim models of qualifying base vehicles may still be eligible.
The iZEV program is managed by Transport Canada, and offers up to $5,000 off the purchase price of a qualifying new battery electric vehicle, $2,500-$5,000 on a plug-in hybrid (depending on battery size), and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
Visit the iZEV program for a list of eligible vehicles.
Clean Energy Vehicle Program
The province of British Columbia has renewed funding for the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEVforBC) Point of Sale Incentive Program. The new program includes point-of-sale incentives for battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, investments in charging infrastructure and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, additional support for fleets to adopt CEVs, and investments in research, training and outreach.
The CEVforBC point of sale incentive program is managed by the New Car Dealers Association of BC, and offers up to $3,000 off the purchase price of a qualifying new battery electric, up to $1,500 for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
Visit CEVforBC.ca for a list of eligible vehicles.
BC SCRAP-IT Program
BC SCRAP-IT is a voluntary early retirement vehicle program that provides incentives to help British Columbians replace higher polluting vehicles with cleaner forms of transportation. The program is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to lower exhaust pollutants across the province. All scrapped vehicles and their components are permanently and properly recycled.
Incentives for up to $6,000 are available for a new, and $3,000 for a used qualifying electric vehicle.
Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive Program
Administered by Plug In BC with funding provided by the Province of British Columbia, the Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive Program offers rebates between $2,000 and $50,000 depending on vehicle type. A variety of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are eligible for the rebate. Vehicle categories include motorcycle, low-speed vehicles, medium/heavy duty trucks, forklifts, and airport and port vehicles.