BC Government invests in innovative clean-energy programs

EMC warmly welcomes the announcement by the British Columbia Government to renew its commitment to electric vehicles by extending its Clean Energy Vehicle Program. Direct incentives to EV buyers have proven to be a strong and necessary measure to increase EV adoption. With new funds to improve charging infrastructure and access to HOV lanes for clean-energy vehicles, BC sets an example for Canada and other countries to follow.

Excerpt from the press release:

“At the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation Premier Christy Clark announced funding of $11.9 million from the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund for three programs aimed at promoting clean-energy vehicles, clean air and clean water.

In response to strong demand for clean-energy vehicles the Province is injecting an additional $6.89 million into the Clean Energy Vehicle 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.

In addition to purchase incentives, the CEV Program will receive $890,000 for further investments in programs under development to expand public and residential charging infrastructure and encourage fleet purchases of CEVs.

Premier Clark also announced that effective immediately, eligible electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles displaying an official decal are allowed in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes throughout the province regardless of the number of passengers in the vehicle.

British Columbia is a leader in clean-energy vehicles with the largest public charging infrastructure network in Canada and the highest per capita adoption of electric vehicles in Canada”

Read the entire press release.