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B.C. Residents To Get $5K Off Clean Energy Cars

Starting Dec. 1, .B.C. residents will get up to $5,000 off the sticker price of a qualifying clean energy vehicle.

As part of the $17-million program, the province is also providing funding for new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen fuelling stations at existing facilities.

Acccording to Environment Minister Terry Lake, the rebate includes qualifying new vehicles that are battery electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid electric and those that operate on compressed natural gas.

Homeowners who want to install a charging station will get a $500 mail-in rebate for eligible units, also beginning Dec. 1. Mercer said home charging stations cost up to $1,500 and that the Environment Ministry will be publishing a list of qualified vendors and eligible units. Mercer stated, “They can be installed in your garage or they can be put outside, depending on what your setup is.”

Blair Qualey, president of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. stated, “Vehicles qualifying for the rebate are anticipated to cost as little as $300 per year in hydro costs compared to upwards of $1,500 per year to fuel a gas-powered car,” he said.

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