British Columbia $5,000 Electric Vehicles Rebate Takes Effect

By · November 28, 2011

BC rebate program

British Columbia will offer a $5,000 point of sale rebate on electric vehicle starting December 1, 2011.

After years of planning and preparation, incentives for the purchase of plug-in electric cars will go into effect on December 1, 2011. Residents of British Columbia, Canada will receive point of sale incentives of up to $5,000 per eligible "clean energy vehicle." Unlike electric car buyers in the United States, who receive the federal $7,500 incentive in the form of a tax credit, British Columbia residents will immediately receive a discount on the purchase of electrified vehicles.

The list of eligible vehicles approved by BC's Ministry of Environment includes:

Battery Electric Vehicles: $5,000

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles:

  • Battery capacity of 4.0 - 9.9 kWh: $2,500
  • Battery capacity of 10.0 - 14.9 kWh: $3,500
  • Battery capacity of 15.0 kWh and greater: $5,000

The final price (including all available incentives) will be indicated on the sticker of eligible vehicles on dealer lots, making it easier for consumers to understand the transaction.

Rebates of up to $500 for qualifying electric vehicle charging equipment will also be available on Dec. 1—to BC residents who have purchased a "clean energy vehicle." This will be a mail in rebate and will expire in March 2013 or when funding is depleted.

British Columbia officials and others throughout Canada have for years been working to develop the most effective EV incentive policy. The province of Ontario offers rebates ranging from $5,000 to $8,500 to individuals, businesses and organizations that purchase or lease a new plug-in vehicle. The rebates are available to the first 10,000 qualified applicants. Ontario officials hope to see five percent of the vehicles on its roads electric by 2020.

Officials in BC are apparently more modest in their expectations. As stated on the Live Smart BC website, the incentives through March 31, 2013 "should be available to meet the expected demand, approximately 1,370 vehicle incentives." With incentives in effect, and electric cars hitting the market, the demand will now be tested.


· kevbo (not verified) · 6 years ago

this is fantastic news but it still leaves the nissan leaf over $33000 which is still too steep a price for most canadians. here's what the ministry of transportation should have done to sweeten the deal:

- $5000 bev instant rebate
- $500 charger rebate
- HOV lane sticker
- free access on toll bridges

if those 4 conditions were met, i would absolutely purchase a nissan leaf.

· · 6 years ago

Perhaps I'm a bit fiesty here but I hate the entitled mentality that clearly affects more than just we from the USA:
If $33000 is "still too steep a price for most canadians" so you believe that "the ministry of transportation should ... sweeten the deal". I think you're saying that you believe YOU are entitled to a vehicle that costs YOU less than $33000 and you believe that the rest of your country (who fund the ministry of transportation) should subsidize YOU so that YOU can drive this car.
If the ministry of transportation were to give the same sweet deal to all canadians as they give to you, it would end up costing an additional $5000 + $500 + bridge tolls for every canadian. This money, of course would come out of the pockets of every canadian so they might as well just all shell out that extra $5500+ and buy their car themselves.
It must be feel great to feel so important that you think everyone else owes YOU something even though, clearly, they can't owe it to everyone else.
I'm getting really sick of liberal hypocracy shrouded in socialism.

· · 6 years ago

I wonder how the Leaf would perform in other places in Canada where cold weather is an extreme.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 6 years ago

"ex-EV1 driver · 3 hours ago

Perhaps I'm a bit fiesty here but I hate the entitled mentality that clearly affects more than just we from the USA:"

Wow, "Perhaps..."? I'm assuming since you're opposed to the suggestions made by kevbo that you are also opposed to the supports for EV's currently offered by the US government? Did you refuse the federal and state incentives available to you as a Leaf driver?

· Londo Bell (not verified) · 6 years ago

Gov't subsidies are good but when will that become too much? That's what ex-EV1 driver is referring to, I believe. One should be grateful for the Cdn$5000 and remember, new technologies are inherently expensive initially. Look at new computers vs those that are out 3 years, or TVs, or even clothing (new season vs last season, brand new). Besides, it's not like, this $5000 just shows up from somewhere, magically, you know? That's tax $ from someone else, and could have been used for other things like fixing roads, provide better school programs/supplies, etc.

Most importantly, one should "plan ahead" to minimize cost incur, if money is a factor. For example, explore the leasing option though it may not qualify for the rebates, or plan to sell the vehicle in X # of years to recoup part of the cost, or, if possible, purchase it through the company (for those who are eligible) and mark it as company expense. Just some of the possibilities, but you do need to use your trusty(?) old brain to save yourself some $ :)

If, after all, a LEAF is still too out of reach based on your budget, then you could look at vehicles like Mazda 2, Versa, or hybrids like Insight or Prius. There's no wrong in any sort of way to save gasoline and to protect the environment; just good, better or best, but rule #1 is that it needs to fit your budget.

· Londo Bell (not verified) · 6 years ago

Forgot to add one important thing: if you are complaining about price of LEAF too dear, you really have to blame it onto the Canadian markets. It's less than 10% of the US market, so everything automotive wise is expensive up North as there's much fewer vehicles to spread the cost.

So, you really have to consider yourself fortunate, because LEAF cost actually MORE here in the US , depending on your residing state, because there's no government rebate, only a tax credit which most people can't apply unless they are filthy rich (if you can take deductions for dependent, mortgage, etc., then you probably don't qualify for the EV tax credit here in US).

· · 6 years ago

I am not big on incentives myself. The money comes from tax payers for the greater cause. Looks like they have set a specific amount of money aside to move EV's into the population. Sometimes you need a jump start.
If I did my math right BC put aside about $7 million on 1370 vehicles. That would not pay for a sizeable bridge or break any budgets. I see little harm here and 1370 vehicles is a reasonable number for a population of 4.5 million; should sell easy. On the other hand 5% by 2020 (225k vehicles based on 4.5 million population) is a stretch from a supply side much less demand. That is just 7 yrs later, fairly aggresive.
Once people drive these vehicles and realize the gas and maintenance savings they will sell. Mine is paying for itself now. Estimated 160 miles to the equivalent gallon in October.

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