Go Electric Program

The CleanBC 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; and
  • Supporting research, jobs training and economic development in B.C.'s ZEV sector.

Background

British Columbia introduced programs to support ZEV adoption beginning in 2011, and has since committed more than $227 million to the following program areas:

  • Light-duty vehicle point-of-purchase rebates;
  • Commercial vehicle rebates;
  • Hydrogen fueling infrastructure;
  • Home, workplace and public charging;
  • ZEV sector economic development;
  • Support for ZEV fleet adoption; and
  • Research, training, and public outreach and education.

ZEV programing has delivered:

  • Over 44,000 ZEVs on the road in B.C.;
  • Over 2,000 public charging stations;
  • A network of three public hydrogen fuelling stations, with three more planned by the end of 2021;
  • Ten research and academic curriculum projects;
  • Funding for electrician and automotive technician training; and
  • Delivery of Emotive: the electric vehicle outreach and awareness program.

For more information on the first phase of the Province's program to support ZEVs which ran from 2011 to 2014, check out the Clean Energy Vehicle Phase 1 Review:

Supporting ZEV Policies

Eligible plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric 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 Eligibility Website.