The Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Incentive Program is intended to encourage and accelerate clean energy vehicle deployment and technology innovation within British Columbia. The CEV Incentive Program is administered and implemented through a partnership between the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia (NCDA).
The program provides incentives for British Columbia purchasers or lessees of clean energy vehicles, including electric vehicles (EVs) (which include battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and extended range electric vehicles), and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).
Eligible Applicants must meet requirements that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The purchaser/lessee of the vehicles must be an individual, business, public agencies and entities (including municipal and regional governments and first nations, but excluding provincial, crown, and federal government agencies), and non-profit organizations that is a BC resident of the business, non-profit or public entity is based in British or has a BC-based affiliate. All businesses must be licensed to operate in BC.
- Individuals can only receive one incentive over the life of the Program while fleets may receive a maximum of ten (10) rebates. Requests for more than 10 rebates will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any exception is at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
- The purchase/lease date is not prior to the vehicle being included on the list of Eligible vehicles, and prior to exhaustion of available rebate funds.
- Submit the application form and attach all required supporting documentation no later than the 15th of the following month.
- Required documentation to be submitted as part of the Dealers application for reimbursement to the NCDABC for incentives issued will include, at a minimum, the following:
- Application Checklist
- Proof that each sale / lease of an eligible CEV vehicle was made to a BC resident (or BC business operating in BC with a valid business license or to a public agency in BC)
- A copy of the sales or lease contract signed by all parties with an itemization of credits, discounts, and incentives received, if applicable.
- Ensure modifications are not made or allowed to the vehicle’s emissions control systems, hardware, software calibrations, or hybrid system.
- Be available for follow-up inspection if requested by NCDABC, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines or the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines’s designee for the purposes of program oversight and accountability.
- Ensure that the information on all incentive reimbursement applications and required documentation submitted to NCDABC within 15 days from the date of delivery (i.e., sale/lease).
- The Dealership submitting the application must be a member in good standing of the New Car Dealers Association of BC.
To qualify for a rebate, vehicles must meet the following requirements and be approved by the BC Ministry of Environment of a model year basis:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The vehicle must be on the List of Eligible Vehicles (available at www.cevforbc.ca) on the date of purchase or lease.
Vehicle manufacturers must submit a Vehicle Eligibility Application (available at www.cevforbc.ca) to the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines to have a vehicle considered that will be sold in BC market after April 1, 2015 that are not on the original list of eligible vehicles. The vehicle manufacturer is responsible for providing all the required documentation described on the application. BC Ministry of Energy and Mines will coordinate with the vehicle manufacturers to request any additional documentation needed for eligibility determinations. BC Ministry of Energy and Mines is responsible for providing the New Car Dealers Association of BC with the current list of eligible vehicles and the corresponding incentive amounts.
Please note: **Vehicles purchased prior to the vehicle being added to the List of Eligible Vehicle Models are not eligible for a point of sale incentive.
The CEV Incentive Program will be administered and implemented through a partnership between the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia (NCDABC). For a list of eligible vehicles and further information, visit www.cevforbc.ca or call (604)214-9964 x224.
This policy describes the terms of usage of the CEV website. These terms may be updated periodically, so please check back.
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