Rebate Eligibility Criteria
Individual Application Eligibility Requirements
Individuals need to apply to have their eligibility assessed through the government’s CleanBC Go Electric website and application web portal. Individuals must be deemed eligible prior to vehicle delivery. Individuals will supply identity information, which will be used by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (the “Ministry”) to verify identity, income, and approve eligibility for a rebate amount under the program. To qualify for a rebate under the program, applicants must:
- Provide identity information (see below).
- Meet the income eligibility requirements (see below).
- Be a resident of B.C.
- Purchase or lease a new Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) from a participating dealership, and member of the NCDA.
- Register, insure, and plate the vehicle under their name in B.C. for at least 12 months from the date of sale.
- Have never received the rebate in the past.
When applying for a rebate, applicants must provide valid and accurate identity information including:
- Legal first and last names.
- Date of birth.
- British Columbia driver’s license number.
- Social Insurance Number (SIN), and;
Using this information, the Ministry will confirm an applicant’s identity.
To be eligible for a rebate, applicants must meet the income eligibility requirements. Rebate amounts are set per income levels. Applicants are not eligible for rebates if their gross annual income is above the income caps listed below, this applies to all eligible vehicle types:
|Rebate for purchase of short-range PHEV^||$2,000||$1,000||$500||No rebate|
|Rebate for purchase of long-range ZEV^^||$4,000||$2,000||$1,000||No rebate|
|PHEV short-range 12-month lease term (33.3%)||$666||$333||$167||–|
|PHEV short-range 24-month lease term (66.7%)||$1,334||$667||$334||–|
|PHEV short-range 36-month lease term (100%)||$2,000||$1,000||$500||–|
|All other 12-month lease term (33.3%)||$1,332||$666||$333||–|
|All other 24-month lease term (66.7%)||$2,668||$1,334||$667||–|
|All other 36-month lease term (100%)||$4,000||$2,000||$1,000||–|
^ Electric range of less than 85 km.
^^ Include BEV, FCEV, ER-EV, and PHEV with an electric range of 85 km or more. More on vehicle types can be found on the Eligible Vehicles page.
All applicants considering applying to the program will be subject to income verification to confirm eligibility in the program. The verification of gross annual income will be measured against line 15000 from the latest tax year’s notice of assessment (NOA). The NOA year used for income verification will be updated on July 1 of each year. For example, if an applicant wants to purchase a ZEV in June 2023, the Ministry will verify the applicant’s annual income as stated in their 2021 NOA, but if the applicant wants to purchase a ZEV in July 2023, the applicant’s 2022 NOA will be used.
Application Process for Income Testing
To apply for a rebate, individuals must access the online application portal via the CleanBC Go Electric website. Applicants will be required to provide personal information as outlined above, to log in and apply for a rebate eligibility.
Once the application is submitted, the Ministry will verify an applicant’s identity and gross annual income eligibility for participation in the program. The verification and approval process can take up to three weeks.
Once an application is approved, the applicant will receive an e-mail regarding the maximum rebate amount they are eligible for under the program. The eligibility is valid for one year from the approval date. The actual rebate amount will depend on the applicant’s income and the vehicle type. The approval and maximum rebate amount are linked to the applicant’s B.C. driver’s license and are not transferable. To access the rebate at the point-of-purchase, applicants will need to provide their B.C. driver’s license at the dealership where they are purchasing or leasing their ZEV. The dealership will then verify the vehicle rebate amount and B.C. driver’s license in the NCDA application system for dealers. Once verified, the appropriate rebate amount must be provided by the dealership, at the point-of-purchase, upon vehicle delivery, to the individual customer. Then, the dealership must apply with us to get reimbursed for the rebate funds provided to the customer.
Eligibility Requirements for Industrial, Commercial or Institutional Organizations
Organizations such as a business, non-profit, public entity or municipal government are not subject to income verification. Organizations must be based in B.C. (and registered to operate in B.C.), purchase or lease (leases must be 36 months or longer to be eligible) a new ZEV from a dealership and register, insure, and plate the vehicle under their name in B.C. for at least 12 months from the date of delivery. Eligible industrial, commercial or institutional organizations can receive $3,000 for the lease/purchase of battery, fuel cell, and longer‑range plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and $1,500 for shorter-range plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Industrial, Commercial or Institutional Organizations can receive up to ten (10) rebates for the lifetime of the Program. Eligible Car Share Fleets can receive up to fifty (50) rebates for the lifetime of the Program.