Go Electric Incentive Program

The Go Electric Program is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in B.C. for their environmental and economic benefits. The program does this by:

  • Bringing down the price of ZEVs
  • Making it easier to charge or fuel a ZEV
  • Supporting research, jobs training & economic development in B.C.'s ZEV sector

Background

British Columbia introduced the program to support ZEVs in 2011 and has since committed more than $194 million to the following program areas:

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

As of September 2019, the ZEV programing has delivered:

  • Over 22,000 new ZEVs on the road
  • Over 1,700 residential & public charging stations, including 149 DC fast charging stations by the end of 2020
  • A network of six public hydrogen fuelling stations by the end of 2020
  • 10 research & academic curriculum projects
  • Funding for electrician and automotive technician training
  • Delivery of Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience outreach & awareness program

For more information on the first phase of the province's program to support ZEVs which ran from 2011 to 2014:

Supporting ZEV 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. More information is available on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's website.