Authorities in the Canadian province of British Columbia are increasing electric vehicle incentives for battery-electric, fuel-cell electric and long-range plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The Department of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation will increase the rebate from CA$3,000 ($2,334) to CA$4,000 ($3,112). However, not everyone will be eligible for the maximum, as it is only available to people earning less than CA$80,000 ($62,240) or those with household incomes below CA$125,000 (~ $97,000). The refund available decreases on a sliding scale to those with a personal income of C$100,000 ($77,800) and households with a combined income of C$165,000 ($128,370).
British Columbia will also increase the maximum rebate available for lower-end plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from CA$1,500 ($1,167) to CA$2,000 ($1,556).
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Talk with Automotive NewsNew Car Dealers Association of BC President Blair Qualey said the revised rebates will help low-income people get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
“British Columbia has achieved a leadership position in zero-emission vehicle sales in North America thanks to the thoughtful approach of government and partner agencies, which has included rebates that make ownership as affordable as possible,” Qualey said. “The latest changes go a step further and ensure that people at the lower end of the income scale have a greater ability to buy a clean energy vehicle – and that’s good news for the industry, for government and , above all, for the environment. ”
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation said local tax returns show more than 90% of B.C. residents are eligible for a rebate for electric vehicles. They can save up to CA$9,000 ($7,002) on an EV purchase when local rebates are combined with federal rebates.
Only compact and full-size cars priced below CA$55,000 ($42,790) are eligible for the rebate. However, authorities are working on a new rebate that will be available for vehicles costing up to $70,000 ($54,460), to benefit consumers who need a larger electric vehicle. Additionally, British Columbia will make electric vehicles more affordable by exempting them from provincial sales tax.