About the program
The CleanBC Go Electric Passenger Vehicle Rebate Program is intended to build on British Columbians’ awareness and knowledge from the previous program (2011–2014) and further develop the marketplace for plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in British Columbia. The purpose of this rebate program is to make zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) affordable and accessible for British Columbians and continue to encourage zero-emission vehicle deployment and technology innovation in British Columbia. The rebate program is supported by ongoing public relations and education to create greater awareness and continue the trend that has established BC as a leader in ZEV adoption.
Please note: This rebate is not part of the price negotiation process with an eligible applicant; the dealership will be required to deduct the rebate amount off the final vehicle price for each eligible ZEV (after tax). The Program’s policies changed effective August 2, 2022 – ensure to read the Dealers’ Manual and other related material.
ZEVs comprised in this program include Cars and Larger Vehicles that use electricity or hydrogen fuel cell 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 ZEVs. The program provides rebates for British Columbia purchasers or lessees of ZEVs, including:
- Electric vehicles (EVs) which include battery electric vehicles (BEVs)
- Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
- Extended range electric vehicles (ER-EVs)
- Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)
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. See specific rebate amounts for each eligible vehicle model.
The Program is 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 are tracked on the New Car Dealers Go Electric website tracker.
The Dealership’s 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-purchase rebate program. The NCDA works with and provides dealerships with appropriate marketing material and information pertaining to the program. CleanBC Go Electric Passenger Vehicle Rebate Applications must be submitted within 15 days of the date of sale, in order to be eligible for funding. If incomplete application documentation is submitted to the NCDA, funding reserved by the application will be returned to the program funding pool after 90 days. If the incomplete application information is not provided by the dealership, pending applications will NOT be honoured beyond the 90-day limit.
The Individual’s Role
Individual applicants must apply to the BC government to be assessed for rebate eligibility through the CleanBC Go Electric website and application web portal, prior to receiving a rebate (more information here). Individuals will supply identity information, which will be used to verify identity, income, and approve a rebate amount under the program. To qualify for a rebate under the program, applicants must:
- Provide identity information
- Meet the income eligibility requirements
- Be a resident of B.C.
- Purchase or lease a new ZEV from a participating dealership, and member of the NCDA
- Register, insure, and plate the vehicle in B.C. for at least 12 months from the date of sale
Identity information must include the following:
- Legal first and last names.
- Date of birth.
- British Columbia driver’s licence number.
- Social Insurance Number (SIN), and;
- Email address.