Homeowners in B.C. can now access a rebate of up to 50 per cent of the cost to install and purchase eligible electric vehicle (EV) chargers, up to $700.
The EV Charger Rebate program also offers the 50 per cent rebate to workplaces and residents living in condos or apartments — to a maximum of $4,000 per charger.
“B.C. has the strongest uptake in electric vehicle adoption across Canada, and we’re positioning ourselves to become leaders in the EV industry,” said Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation. “We’re making it easier and more affordable for people to make the switch to electric vehicles and supporting new jobs for electricians and trades workers across B.C.”
The province is supporting condos and apartments through its EV Ready program, which provides rebates for the development of EV Ready plans and installation of electrical upgrades needed to provide access to vehicle charging to residents in the future.
It also offers up to five hours of free advisor support services for condos, apartments and workplaces that need help moving EV charging from plan to installation.
“Making electric vehicles more affordable is good for the climate, helps people and supports businesses looking for ways to reduce costs and pollution,” said George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy. “People in British Columbia recognize that cleaner transportation means healthier communities and expanded opportunities as part of CleanBC.”
B.C. passes legislation in May 2019 which will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province to be zero-emission by 2040.
Correction: This article originally featured a fuel cell image. This has been replaced with an image of an EV charger.