Vehicle Eligibility Criteria

Vehicle Eligibility Criteria


Vehicles must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a point of sale rebate:

Be New

To be eligible, the vehicle must be a new vehicle constructed entirely from new parts that have never been the subject of a retail sale, or previously registered in British Columbia or other jurisdiction. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or its authorized licensee must manufacture the vehicle. Registration of Out-of-Province Vehicles, are not eligible vehicles. If the vehicle is not new, has been re-leased, is the subject of a lease assumption or has been transferred into British Columbia after previously having been registered out-of province, the vehicle is not eligible for a rebate through the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program (the "Program"). Aftermarket plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversions are not eligible for Program rebate funding.

For the purpose of the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program, vehicles with over 500 km’s at the time of the sale/delivery are not considered new.

We do also accept demo / service loaner vehicles that have less than 10,000 km's and have never been previously registered outside of the manufacturer or dealership. Click here for the Demo / Service Loaner Vehicle Declaration form (must be printed on dealership's letterhead). Latest version: April 2021.

Be Certified

To be eligible, the vehicle must be either covered by a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certificate or be deemed to be covered by an EPA certificate in accordance with the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), and must meet all requirements outlined in Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act and its regulations.

Be Highway Capable

BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation may request that a vehicle manufacturer provide a written statement declaring whether or not the vehicle is capable of highway operation. A vehicle will be presumed not capable of operation on the highway if any one of the following circumstances apply:

  • The vehicle is a low-speed vehicle.
  • The vehicle is prohibited by law from being operated on the highway or is only capable of limited operation on the highway.
  • The manufacturer has required, or will require, the purchaser or lessee to sign an agreement that limits, or prevents, the operation of the vehicle on the highway.
  • There is a written manufacturer's statement or recommendation (which can include the owner's manual for the vehicle) that the vehicle should not be operated on the highway or should have limited operation on the highway.

Time in British Columbia

To receive a vehicle rebate the vehicle must remain plated, registered and insured in British Columbia in the applicant’s name for at least 12 months from date of sale.

It will be expected that the dealership through tracking of the applicant ensure that the vehicle is registered, plated and insured in British Columbia under applicant's name for 12 months from date of sale.

If before the 12 months is up, the applicant does not abide by all of the above conditions, the dealership will be required to collect from the applicant the repayment of the full amount of the point-of-sale rebate they had received through the Program.

The dealership would submit the repayment to the NCDA, who would put it back into the point-of-sale funding. However, if the repayment is received after the term of the agreement has expired, NCDA would in that case submit the repayment to BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

In the circumstances in which the dealership is unsuccessful after 12 months of attempting to obtain repayments from the non-abiding applicants, the dealership would submit documentation of all attempts at recovery. NCDA would submit the documentation to BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovations. These repayment procedures would also apply to any repayments received regarding leases.

Be on the CleanBC Eligible Vehicles List

The vehicle must be on the list of eligible vehicles at the time of the sale/lease. The list is updated regulary and can be found here:
Please note:
Effective June 22, 2019, vehicles with a MSRP of over $55,000 will not be considered eligible for the program. If the vehicle price on the sales contract (for sales) or lease contract (for leases) is higher than $55,000, include the manufacturer’s invoice / window sticker to confirm that the vehicle’s trim MSRP is $55,000 or lower. For the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program purposes, optional accessories and other fees (such as destination, documentation, etc.) do not affect the vehicle's eligibility for the rebate. As long as the vehicle model and trim level are included in the list of eligible vehicles, and the trim level's MSRP is equal to or lower than $55,000, the vehicle is eligible.

Policy regarding traded-in ZEVs:

The Program requires participating dealers to track applicants to ensure that the applicant abides by the condition that the vehicle remains plated and insured in British Columbia in the applicant’s name for 12-months from the date of purchase and to collect from non-abiding applicants the repayment of the appropriate amount of the point-of-sale discount that the applicant had received through the Program. The Program only allows individuals to receive one rebate from the program for the life of the program.

If a ZEV is being considered for a trade-in on the purchase of a new ZEV it is best practice before completing a deal to determine if the customer has met the 12-month ownership requirement of the Program and if they’ve received a rebate from the Program for a previous vehicle purchase. Dealers can contact the Program team to check if the customer has met the 12-month ownership requirement of the Program.

If a ZEV is sold under a deal where the applicant is not eligible to receive another rebate or has not met program requirements a rebate will not be issued to the dealer or the rebate payment will be held until the applicant meets program criteria (either meeting the 12 month requirement or repaying the original rebate to the original dealer).