Clean Energy Vehicle Program

The Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of CEVs in B.C. for their environmental and economic benefits. The program does this by:

  • Helping make clean transportation solutions more affordable
  • Increasing awareness of CEVs
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Supporting research, jobs training & economic development in the CEV sector

Funding for the CEV Program is established through the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, designed to support the B.C. Government’s energy, economic, environmental and greenhouse gas reduction priorities and advance the local clean energy sector.


British Columbia introduced the CEV Program in 2011 and has since committed more than $31 million to the following program areas:

  • Vehicle point-of-sale incentives for battery electric & hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
  • Investments in charging & hydrogen fuelling infrastructure
  • Additional support for fleets to adopt CEVs
  • Investments in research, training, outreach & economic development

From 2011 to February 2016, the CEV Program has delivered:

  • Over 2,400 new CEVs on the road
  • Over 1,000 residential & public charging stations, including 30 DC fast charging stations
  • One new hydrogen fuelling station
  • 10 research & academic curriculum projects
  • Funding for electrician training
  • Delivery of Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience outreach & awareness program

For more information on the first phase of the CEV Program that ran from 2011 to 2014:

Program Areas

The main areas under the CEV Program are:

  1. CEVforBCTM vehicle point-of-sale incentives
  2. Charging infrastructure investments
  3. Hydrogen fuelling infrastructure investments
  4. Fleet adoption support & incentives *
  5. Research, training & economic development *
  6. Emotive public outreach & awareness

These programs are under development and will be announced in the near future. 

Supporting Policies

Eligible electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles displaying an official decal are allowed in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in British Columbia regardless of the number of passengers in the car, unless a sign is posted indicating otherwise.