FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Vehicles must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a point of sale incentive:

Vehicle Must Be New

To be eligible, the vehicle must be a new vehicle constructed entirely from new parts that have never been the subject of a retail sale, or previously registered in British Columbia or other jurisdiction. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or its authorized licensee must manufacture the vehicle. Registration of Out-of-Province Vehicles, are not eligible vehicles. If the vehicle is not new, has been re-leased, is the subject of a lease assumption or has been transferred into British Columbia after previously having been registered out-of province, the vehicle is not eligible for an incentive through the CEV Program. Aftermarket plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversions are not eligible for CEV Incentive funding.

Vehicle Must Be Certified

To be eligible, the vehicle must be either covered by a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certificate or be deemed to be covered by an EPA certificate in accordance with the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), and must meet all requirements outlined in Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act and its regulations.

Vehicle MSRP Must Be Less Than $77,000

Effective March 2, 2016 vehicles must have a MSRP price of $77,000 and under to be considered eligible for the program. If someone placed an order for a vehicle before March 2nd, 2016 (announcement date), then they would be “grandfathered” under the old rules given that the funds are still available, but if they are placing an order after March 2, 2016 then they would not be eligible for the incentive. 

Vehicle Must Be Highway Capable

BC Ministry Energy and Mines may request that a vehicle manufacturer provide a written statement declaring whether or not the vehicle is capable of highway operation. A vehicle will be presumed not capable of operation on the highway if any one of the following circumstances apply:

  • The vehicle is a low-speed vehicle.
  • The vehicle is prohibited by law from being operated on the highway or is only capable of limited operation on the highway.
  • The manufacturer has required, or will require, the purchaser or lessee to sign an agreement that limits, or prevents, the operation of the vehicle on the highway.
  • There is a written manufacturer's statement or recommendation (which can include the owner's manual for the vehicle) that the vehicle should not be operated on the highway or should have limited operation on the highway.

Vehicle Must Remain Plated, Registered and Insured in British Columbia in the Applicant’s Name for At Least 12 months from Date Of Sale

To receive a vehicle incentive the vehicle must remain plated, registered and insured in British Columbia in the applicant’s name for at least 12 months from date of sale. It will be expected that the dealership through tracking of the applicant ensure that the applicant abides by the above conditions for 12 months. If before the 12 months is up, the applicant does not abide by all of the above conditions, the dealership will be required to collect from the applicant the repayment of the full amount of the point-of-sale discount they had received through the CEV Program.

The dealership would submit the repayment to the NCDA, who would put it back into the point-of-sale incentive funding. However, if the repayment is received after the term of the agreement has expired, NCDA would in that case submit the repayment to BC MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINES.

In the circumstances in which the dealership is unsuccessful after 12 months of attempting to obtain repayments from the non-abiding applicants, the dealership would submit documentation of all attempts at recovery. NCDA would submit the documentation to BC Ministry Energy and Mines.

These repayment procedures would also apply to any repayments received regarding leases.