About the Program
The CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program (the "Program") is intended to build on British Columbians’ awareness and knowledge from the previous CEV Program (2011-2014) and further develop the marketplace for electric and hydrogen vehicles in British Columbia. The purpose of this rebate program is to continue to encourage zero-emission vehicle deployment and technology innovation in British Columbia. The vision for the Program is to stimulate the market such that by 2020 5% of new vehicle purchases in British Columbia are zero-emission vehicles and to create training, job and economic development opportunities in the clean transportation sector in British Columbia.
The vehicle rebate in the Program enables the purchaser or lessee of an eligible vehicle to receive a point of sale vehicle rebate 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 reserves the right to adjust the rebate amounts as necessary based on market performance; the rebate may decline each 12 month period of the program.
- This rebate is not part of the price negotiation process; the dealership will be required to deduct the rebate amount off the final vehicle price for each zero-emission vehicle (after tax).
- No vehicle purchased prior to April 1, 2015 shall be considered for a rebate.
Zero-emission vehicles included in this program include light duty vehicles that use hydrogen or electricity as their primary fuel source. This program benefits the citizens of British Columbia by providing immediate emission reductions and stimulating development and deployment of the next generation of zero-emission vehicles. The program provides rebates for British Columbia purchasers or lessees of zero-emission vehicles, including
- Electric vehicles (EVs) (which include battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
- Plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
- Extended range electric vehicles (ER-EV).
- Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).
Dates for additional rebates will be posted as new eligible vehicle models are approved by the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. Specific rebate amounts for each eligible vehicle model are included on the program webpage www.newcardealersgoelectric.ca
The Program will be administered and implemented through a partnership between the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia (NCDA).
For the purposes of this program:
- The date of purchase shall be the day of sale.
- A sale is deemed completed and consummated when the purchaser of the vehicle has paid the purchase price, or, in lieu thereof, has signed a purchase contract or security agreement and taken physical possession or delivery of the vehicle.
- A vehicle shall be deemed to be leased on the date upon which the lease of the vehicle commences, which is typically specified in a signed lease agreement.
- A vehicle OEM order will be considered the day the order is accepted by the OEM and a deposit has been placed by customer to allow reservation of the vehicle rebate amount.
- Rebate amounts will be reserved for up to 90 days for OEM order vehicles; if a vehicle sale is not completed within the 90 days, the reserved rebate funds for that vehicle will be re-allocated to the general rebate funds available. Rebate funds expended, reserved and remaining will be tracked on the New Car Dealers Go Electric website tracker.
THE DEALERSHIPS ROLE
Dealerships that sell or lease ZEVs during the program duration, play a critical role in educating consumers and making sure that they are aware of the point of sale rebate program. The NCDA will work with and provide Dealerships with appropriate marketing material and information pertaining to the Program.