BC government doubles rebate for electric vehicle chargers at home and workplace

Dec 9 2020, 7:40 pm

Not only has the provincial government continued to replenish its rebate program for purchasing electric-battery vehicles, but it is now doubling the rebate to buy and install charging stations at home and workplaces.

It was announced this week that homeowners can now get a rebate of up to 50% of the purchase and installation costs of an eligible charger to a maximum of $700.

Workplaces and residents living in condominiums or apartments can also purchase and install chargers and receive a rebate of up to 50% of the costs to a maximum of $4,000 per charger.

The incentive also provides up to five hours of free support services from a charging station advisor to help applicants.

The rebates are offered under CleanBC’s Go Electric EV Charger Rebate and EV Ready programs.

“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, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a statement.

“People in British Columbia recognize that cleaner transportation means healthier communities and expanded opportunities as part of CleanBC.”

BC intends to catalyze the widespread adoption of electric-battery vehicles, including the mandated transition to 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040 and the measure of allocating funding towards commercial charging stations.

Various municipal governments also have their own charging equipment policies, and some municipalities have already mandated that all parking stalls in new residential developments be electric-battery vehicle ready.