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

In the September 2017 Budget Update, the government committed to expand the CEV Program. As such, the Province is injecting an additional $40 million into the CEV Program to ensure purchase incentives continue to be available for British Columbians who choose a qualifying electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and to make further investments in charging infrastructure and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.  The new CEV Program funding will also support public outreach, job training and economic development to help grow the CEV sector in B.C.


British Columbia introduced the CEV Program in 2011 and has since committed more than $71 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 CEVs
  • Investments in research, training, outreach & economic development

As of September 2017, the CEV Program has delivered:

  • Over 4,700 new CEVs on the road
  • Over 1,300 residential & public charging stations, including 30 DC fast charging stations
  • One new hydrogen fueling 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.