Today the Province of British Columbia restored a previously cancelled program providing point-of-sale rebates on the purchase of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. As of April 1, the restored rebates will knock $5,000 off the sticker price of a Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, or similar electric car. The rebate jumps as high as $8,250 if the buyer simultaneously scraps a model year 2000 or older vehicle.
The following comments may be attributed to Jeremy Moorhouse, senior analyst with Clean Energy Canada:
- “There are now more public EV charging stations than Tim Horton’s in British Columbia. This new program will encourage more residents to put them to good use, filling up with clean and renewable electricity produced here in the province.”
- “British Columbia leads all of Canada in the percentage of new vehicle sales that are zero emission. With Ontario and Quebec following so closely behind, this program will help British Columbia maintain its leadership by putting even more non-polluting cars on the road.”
- “By linking the rebates with the successful Scrap-It program, the province will effectively replace some the dirtiest vehicles on the road with the cleanest.”
- “Every British Columbia household that chooses to switch out their vehicle or vehicles for a zero-emissions car will cut their carbon pollution nearly in half in one move.”