Vehicle Rebate Program

Welcome from the New Car Dealers Association of BC

Welcome to the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program (the "Program"), British Columbia’s Point of Sale Rebate Program designed to make zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) more affordable for British Columbians. Through the combined leadership of the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) and the Province of British Columbia, ZEV’s in B.C. are more accessible than ever.

From the Front Seat - President's Message - Summer 2021

I am pleased to share with you that in its 2021 Budget, the Province of British Columbia has added additional funding of $94 Million to the CleanBC Go Electric Program. This funding includes financial rebates to customers who buy zero-emissions vehicles, charging stations, and funding to support commercialization of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. 

The Program is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles in British Columbia for both their environment and economic benefits. 

The New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA), on behalf of its Member dealers, has consistently advocated for purchase incentives based on feedback from the members and the public. The NCDA applauds government for continuing to support the Program.

As the Minister responsible for the CleanBC Program has noted, Bruce Ralston (Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, MLA for Surrey-Whalley) added: 

With the highest uptake rates of electric vehicles in North America, the work you are doing [(BC dealerships…)] positions BC as a leader in the industry and will help accelerate our transition into a clean energy future. A record number of British Columbians are adopting electric vehicles for a quieter ride, cleaner air and lower fuel costs.

The New Car Dealers CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program, along with the incentive program from SCRAP-IT, has gone a long way in providing British Columbians with more choices to purchase zero-emission vehicles. 

NCDA is privileged to administer the Rebate Program on behalf of the province of BC. Only NCDA Member stores in good standing may access the Rebate Program. The New Car Dealers CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program will continue until funds are depleted. 

Competition continues amongst BC dealerships with top sales across all brands and regions of the province being recognized annually by the CleanBC Go Electric Green Star Dealer Awards.

I invite you to visit the newly launched and refreshed website and for detailed information on qualifying vehicles, check out: www.newcardealersGoElectric.ca 

Thank you for your participation in this program and we look forward to working with you to provide even more zero-emission vehicles available to the public.

Yours truly,

Blair Qualey
President and CEO
New Car Dealers Association of BC

About The Program

The CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program is administered by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) and was first announced on November 5, 2011. The program is intended to support the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in B.C. via providing point of purchase rebates for private and fleet ZEV purchases. 

On March 23, 2015, from the floor of the 95th Vancouver International Auto Show, the Province made the announcement that they were renewing the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program (formerly CEVforBC™).

The Provincial Government continued its commitment to the CleanBC Go Electric suite of programs and has continued to make considerable funding available to ensure ZEVs are more affordable and accessible to drivers. The government’s investments to date include:

•    More than $40 million in February 2017
•    $10 million in September 2018
•    $20 million in January 2019
•    $42 million and 20 million in the 2019 and 2020 BC Budgets, respectively
•    $94 million in the 2021 BC Budget 

This funding supports financial rebates to customers who buy ZEVs – along with investments in charging and hydrogen fuelling stations, education and outreach, fleet support, training, and funding to support zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Thanks to the provincial investments in infrastructure, B.C. has one of the largest charging networks and the first cluster of public hydrogen fuelling stations in Canada. 

Over the course of the Go Electric Vehicle Rebate program, it has supported the addition of more than 45,000 ZEVs in BC. 

British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec account for 95.4 per cent of all ZEVs sold in this country, and their popularity is only rising. In the third quarter of 2020, new ZEV registrations totaled 54,353, accounting for 3.5% of total new vehicles registered in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. New ZEVs accounted for 8.4 per cent of B.C.’s total new vehicle registrations during this period – making B.C. (on a per capita basis) the provincial leader. In Quebec, ZEVs accounted for 6.8 percent of new registrations, a 5.9 per cent increase from 2019.

The CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program encourages the adoption of new ZEVs. B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government organizations who purchase or lease qualifying new vehicles, are eligible for up to $3,000 off the final, after-tax vehicle price for qualifying new battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and up to $1,500 for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
 

Program Framework

Overview 
The Program consists of the following components:
  • Vehicle point-of-sale rebates
  • Charging infrastructure rebates / investments (Level 2 and DC Fast Charging)
  • Hydrogen fuelling station investment (1 new public fuelling station)
  • Fleet rebates for adopting ZEVs and
  • Research, training, and public outreach

The Program will run until funds are exhausted.

The purchaser or lessee of the vehicles must be an individual, business, non-profit, or public entity (including municipal and regional governments and first nations, but excluding provincial, crown, and federal government agencies) that is a B.C. resident of the business, non-profit or public entity is based in British Columbia or has a BC-based affiliate. 

Program Management

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation is responsible for overall CleanBC Go Electric Program management, including ensuring the Program and delivery partners meet expectations.

In order to meet Program targets, the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation can modify any component of the Program – which can include but is not limited to, the addition of new vehicle types, vehicle investment levels, and any program aspect that BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation wishes to change or amend. 

Vehicle Rebate

The vehicle rebate in the Program enables the purchaser or lessee of an eligible vehicle to receive an after-tax point of sale vehicle rebates of up to $3,000. The rebate amounts will be reviewed yearly to determine if they are appropriate for the marketplace. BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation will adjust the rebate amounts as necessary based on market performance.

This rebate is not part of the price negotiation process, the dealership will be required to mark down the final vehicle price by the amount of the rebate that has been approved for each zero-emission vehicle. The dealership will then submit applications to NCDA for reimbursement for the total amount of rebates provided to eligible purchasers/lessees.

Effective June 22, 2019, vehicles with a MSRP of over $55,000 shall not be considered eligible for the rebate.