ZEV Related Policies
Zero-Emission Vehicles Act requires automakers to meet an increasing ZEV sales target for new light-duty vehicles, reaching 26% in 2026, 90% in 2030, and 100% by 2035.
Charging Infrastructure Policies
In April 2023, the province committed $26 million to support 250 public light-duty fast charging stations, as outlined in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030. For public sites and municipalities, the province will cover 50% of project costs up to $80,000 per DCFC (>50kW) and $130,000 per HPCS (>100kW). The province will provide 50% of project costs up to $5,000 per Level 2 charger for fleets, capped at $50,000 per fleet, and up to 90% of project costs for indigenous communities. BC Hydro’s Five-Year Plan, 2022-2026, targets 145 sites and 325 stations by December 2025 and plans to expand all single-station fast charging sites to two stations per site.
The CleanBC Go Electric Program provides rebates for individuals leasing or buying a new EV. The incentive amounts differ by vehicle type: Up to $4,000 for BEVs, extended-range EVs, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles; Up to $2,000 for PHEVs; exemption from paying provincial sales tax for used ZEVs with at least 6,000 km. The program is complementary to the BC SCRAP-IT program, which provides a range of benefits for individuals scrapping an existing gas-powered vehicle to use towards the cost of an EV or other low-carbon forms of transportation.