Vehicle Eligibility Criteria
Vehicles must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a point of sale incentive:
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.
For the purpose of the CEVforBC Program, vehicles with over 500 km’s at the time of the sale/delivery are not considered new.
We do also accept demo vehicles that have less than 10,000km and have never been previously registered outside of the manufacturer or dealership. Click here for the Demo Vehicle Declaration form (must be printed on dealership's letterhead). Latest version: March 2020.
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.
Be Highway Capable
BC Ministry of 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.
Time in British Columbia
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 vehicle is registered, plated and insured in British Columbia under applicant's name for 12 months from date of sale.
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 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 of Energy and Mines. These repayment procedures would also apply to any repayments received regarding leases.
Be on the CEVforBC™ Eligible Vehicles List
The vehicle must be on the list of eligible vehicles at the time of the sale/lease. The list is updated regulary and can be found here: https://www.cevforbc.ca/eligible-cevforbc%E2%84%A2-vehicles
Please note: Effective June 22, 2019, vehicles with a MSRP of over $55,000 will not be considered eligible for the program. If the vehicle price on the sales contract (for sales) or lease contract (for leases) is higher than $55,000, include the manufacturer’s invoice to confirm that the vehicle’s trim MSRP is $55,000 or lower.
Policy regarding traded-in ZEVs:
The CEVforBC Program requires participating dealers to track applicants to ensure that the applicant abides by the condition that the vehicle remains plated and insured in British Columbia in the applicant’s name for 12-months from the date of purchase and to collect from non-abiding applicants the repayment of the appropriate amount of the point-of-sale discount that the applicant had received through the Program. The Program only allows individuals to receive one incentive from the program for the life of the program.
If a ZEV is being considered for a trade-in on the purchase of a new ZEV it is best practice before completing a deal to determine if the customer has met the 12-month ownership requirement of the CEVforBC program and if they’ve received an incentive from the Program for a previous vehicle purchase. Dealers can contact the CEVforBC program team to check if the customer has met the 12-month ownership requirement of the CEVforBC program.
If a ZEV is sold under a deal where the applicant is not eligible to receive another incentive or has not met program requirements an incentive will not be issued to the dealer or the incentive payment will be held until the applicant meets program criteria (either meeting the 12 month requirement or repaying the original incentive to the original dealer).