In Canada, British Columbia’s Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) is set to receive a $31-million cash boost to double the maximum rebates for electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles available for local businesses and governments, public sector organisations and non-profit organisations.
When purchasing an eligible vehicle, British Columbians will have access to up to 33% of the vehicle purchase cost, up to a maximum of $100,000 per vehicle, up from $50,000 maximum. Vehicles eligible for SUVI rebates include both battery-electric and hydrogen-fuelled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. This includes obvious candidates such as passenger buses, airport and port service vehicles and heavy-duty transport trucks but also extends to smaller vehicles, as well as smaller speciality-use vehicles such as motorcycles, cargo e-bikes, and low-speed utility trucks.
Going even further, British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality industry will receive rebates up to 66 per cent, or $66,000 for a $100,000 vehicle, as the pandemic has affected the industry particularly hard. “Investing in 21st-century infrastructure through rebates for electric vehicles will mean more tourism businesses can adopt cleaner, greener transportation options for when it is safe to welcome visitors back to super, natural British Columbia,” says Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.
In addition to the commercial vehicle programme, the province of British Columbia also announced it would release $11 million through its Commercial Vehicle Pilot Program. These funds are additionally earmarked for large deployments of medium- and heavy-duty or large EVs, such as in domestic air, marine or rail transportation, and also include support for charging infrastructure. This fund will also cover up to 1/3 of the purchase price, although applicants will have to compete for the funds.
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