Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization Program
The CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program is designed to support the development of companies operating in the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sector, and to encourage international investment in the ZEV sector in British Columbia.
The concept of the ARC program was designed in response to recommendations in the 2016 Clean Energy Vehicle Economic Opportunities Assessment report. Currently, the ARC program provides targeted and reliable commercialization support for the research, development and demonstration of B.C.-based technologies, with the intention to build on strengths and eliminate barriers for companies in the sector.
Accordingly, ARC program investments are intended to:
- Address specific British Columbia ZEV sector challenges;
- Showcase B.C. technologies that have a strong potential for international market demand;
- Support pre-commercial ZEV sector technologies; and
- Demonstrate commercial success for ZEV sector technologies.
Economic Opportunities Assessment Report
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources commissioned a report in 2016 that helped set the economic development context within the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sector in B.C, to help guide government policy and actions to support economic development.
The report identifies B.C.’s competitive advantages related to economic opportunities in the ZEV sector, including:
- An internationally recognized advanced automotive sector;
- Highly qualified personnel and strong depth in local talent;
- Progressive environmental policy;
- A high adoption rate of ZEVs;
- A clean and abundant source of electricity; and
- B.C. is geographically well positioned to West Coast states and Asian markets.
The ZEV sector includes companies across all aspects of the ZEV supply chain – from raw materials to final consumer products – related to vehicles and vehicle components, batteries and fuel cells, charging stations and other technologies. As of 2019, the sector includes:
- Approximately 274 companies and organizations involved in all aspects of the supply chain;
- Over 6,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in total direct employment associated with ZEV-related activities;
- Over $1.0 billion in total economic output; and
- Over $600.0 million in direct contribution to provincial GDP.
The 2016 report can be accessed here: Clean Energy Vehicle Economic Opportunities Assessment.