Province taking applications for rebates for electric vehicle charging stations

Province taking applications for rebates for electric vehicle charging stations

File photo.

File photo.

Electric car owners can now apply for a rebate of 75 per cent to help offset the cost of installing electric vehicle chargers at home.

The province is funding $1.85 million dollars as part of its Clean Energy Vehicle Program into the rebates, which covers up to $750 for a single-family home or duplex to have a level two charging station installed.

An application process has to be done first before one or more stations is purchased and installed and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For a multi-unit residential building, the rebate is also 75 per cent or up to $4,000 for a level two charging hub.

For the first time, a rebate is available at workplaces for 50 per cent of the cost up to $4,000 for a level two station.

Applications are available until March 31, 2020.

The province estimates it costs $5 to fully charge the average electric car for 150 to 300 kilometres of travel, depending on the model.

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According to the Fraser Basin Council that administers the Plug in B.C. program, there were 8,000 plug-in vehicles in B.C. last year, a 53 per cent increase from the year before.

The province already offers $5,000 rebates for a qualifying new battery electric, fuel-cell electric or hybrid electric vehicle, and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

A $2,000 to $50,000 discount is available to help pay for eligible specialty-use vehicles, including electric motorcycles, forklifts, trucks and buses.


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