British Columbia increases EV subsidy rebates


The government of British Columbia has increased the maximum provincial rebate under the ‘CleanBC Go Electric Passenger Vehicle Rebate Program’ from $3,000 to $4,000. At the same time, the province decreased the funding for households with higher incomes.

British Columbia’s rebate scheme includes purchasing or leasing a BEV, FCEV and long-range PHEV. The maximum rebate for lower-range PHEVs was increased from $1,500 to $2,000.

The update also placed further limits on the subsidy depending on income, as mentioned above. Only individuals with annual salaries up to $80,000 (household incomes up to $125,000) will be eligible for the maximum rebate amounts. Individuals with annual incomes above the threshold ($80,001 and $100,000; household incomes between $125,001 and $165,000) will be eligible for rebates ranging from $500 to $2,000, also depending on the type of vehicle selected. Individuals with annual incomes of more than $100,000 (household income of more than $165,000) will not be eligible for provincial EV rebates at all.

The CleanBC programme can also be combined with the federal rebates, allowing customers in British Columbia to save up to $9,000 on purchasing or leasing a new EV. Used EVs have not made the cut yet, however.

“More and more people in British Columbia want to get an electric vehicle to save money on gas and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “We’re improving our rebate program to make EVs more affordable and accessible for more families.”

British Columbia has a history with the CleanBC programme, which was preceded by the CEVforBC programme, announced in 2019.

“British Columbia is a leader in electric vehicle adoption, thanks to CleanBC, and we’re expanding access so that even more people can choose clean technologies that help avoid high gas prices, reduce maintenance costs and cut climate pollution,” added George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Regarding federal Canadian e-mobility policies, a fund was recently announced to install 6,000 charging stations across the nation, to be built by companies such as Shell Canada or Hydro Québec.


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