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British Columbia launching clean energy vehicles rebate program 1 Dec; up to $5,000 for battery electric vehicle

A British Columbia, Canada, point-of-sale incentive program begins 1 Dec. and will provide between C$2,500 and C$5,000 (US$2,454—4,908) off the sticker price for qualifying new battery electric, fuel cell electric, plug-in hybrid electric and compressed natural gas vehicles bought or leased on or after 1 Dec. 2011.

The rebates are part of the “Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan”, announced by Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy and Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman. In addition to the vehicle rebates, the province is providing more than $6 million in funding for new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen fueling stations at existing facilities.

Homeowners who want to install dedicated charging stations in their homes for their clean energy vehicles will get a rebate of up to $500 per qualifying station.

Further, $2.5-million in BC SCRAP-IT Society funding will expand the non-profit group’s initiative to remove high-polluting vehicles from B.C. roads. BC SCRAP-IT Society has removed over 30,000 vehicles from B.C. roads, resulting in a reduction of over 200,000 tonnes of GHGs.



Nice. Good to see our neighbors getting onbaord the PHEV train... These incentives are essential to get people to try a PHEV or BEV which are priced too high without incentives.

Of course the Green Car of the Year winning Chevy VOLT (Leaf is a little more) can be leased for $350/month - putting it well within reach of the average car buyer. Average price of new US cars sold in 2009 was $28,300.00 And sales topped 11.6 million units in 2010 up from 10.4M in 2009.

Hand wringing, "woe is me" gloom and doomers need to find something else to whine about;)

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