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New incentives available to EV buyers in BC

British Columbians are eligible for a $3000 incentive on purchase of new EV

Published: March 16, 2015, 8:20 PM
Updated: March 18, 2015, 6:01 PM

2015 Nissan Leaf - 2015 Nissan Leaf EV

A year ago, British Columbia scrapped the incentive portion of its Clean Energy Vehicle program that offered buyers up to $5,000 toward the purchase of a new electric vehicle (EV). That program, one of the first of its type in Canada, had been in effect since 2011.

Now, it’s introducing a new incentive program aimed not just at promoting EV purchases but also at taking high-polluting vehicles off BC’s roads.

It offers consumers purchasing a qualifying new electric vehicle a $3,000 rebate, if they also scrap their 2000 or older vehicle.

"This funding is a new program aimed at getting people out of older, high pollution cars and into electric vehicles available today," said Dennis Rogoza, CEO of BC's SCRAP-IT Program, which will administer the new incentive.

The SCRAP-IT program, which was initiated in 1996, provides incentives to encourage vehicle owners to replace high polluting 2000 and older vehicles with cleaner forms of transportation.

Outside the EV program, participants may also choose from vehicle incentives towards the purchase of other 2008 or newer model vehicles, transit passes, bicycle incentives, car share and ride share services or cash.

“Vehicles model 2000 or older emit up to 60 times more emissions than later models and electric vehicles have even much lower emissions," said Rogoza.

Electric vehicles that qualify for this new program include:

> BMW i3

> Cadillac ELR Coupe

> Chevrolet Spark (1LT, 2LT)

> Chevrolet Volt

> Ford Focus Electric

> Honda Fit EV

> Kia Soul EV

> Mitsubishi iMiev

> Nissan Leaf (S, SV, SL)

> Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

> Tesla (Model S or X)

As part of the program launch, SCRAP-IT will also give British Columbians a chance to win a brand new Nissan Leaf EV, which will be on display as part of the SCRAP-IT booth at the Vancouver International Auto Show, March 24-29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

More details about this and other SCRAP-IT programs can be found at www.scrapit.ca.