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Posted: August 7, 2020

Rebates for businesses going electric announced

B.C. businesses and organizations can now receive rebates for electric vehicles through $2 million in additional funding for the CleanBC Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) program.

“Through CleanBC, we’re making cleaner options more affordable and increasing the use of electric vehicles in how we get around,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “These rebates will support B.C. businesses, including those in the tourism sector, in purchasing an electric bus, service vehicle or utility truck, helping them to reduce air pollution, save on fuels and grow their business.”

Eligible specialty-use vehicles include electric passenger buses, airport and port service vehicles, motorcycles, low-speed utility trucks, and heavy-duty transport trucks. Rebates range from $1,700 to $50,000 per vehicle and are available for businesses, local and regional governments, and non-profit organizations that are purchasing five or fewer vehicles, outlined a Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources media release.

“Our government is helping businesses switch to cleaner vehicles with rebates that make them more affordable so they can reduce emissions and save on fuel and maintenance costs,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Our CleanBC plan is helping businesses make the transition to a cleaner, better future where vehicles emit no pollution and where the use of innovative B.C. technology creates good jobs for people.”

With a rebate through the SUVI program, Harbour Air Seaplanes has bought a fully electric, zero-emission passenger shuttle bus from GreenPower Motor Company, a B.C.-based company that is taking steps to further green technology development, economic activity, investment and job creation. Harbour Air plans to use the shuttle bus to pick up and drop off passengers between Harbour Air’s downtown Vancouver and Richmond locations and the Vancouver International Airport.

The Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive program supports businesses and fleets in adopting specialty-use electric vehicles.

Examples of rebate amounts:
* Battery-electric motorcycles are eligible for a rebate of $2,000.

* A battery-electric, low-speed Might-E utility truck manufactured by Canadian Electric Vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $31,170 is eligible for a rebate of $5,000.

* A battery-electric delivery or cube truck manufactured by BYD Auto with an MSRP of $214,500 is eligible for a rebate of $50,000.

* A battery-electric shuttle bus manufactured by GreenPower Motor Company with a MSRP of $384,500 is eligible for a rebate of $50,000.

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