British Columbia (BC) businesses and organisations can now secure rebates for EVs through C$2m (US$1.5m) in additional funding for the CleanBC Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) programme.

“Through CleanBC, we’re making cleaner options more affordable and increasing the use of electric vehicles in how we get around,” said BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Bruce Ralston.

“These rebates will support BC businesses, including those in the tourism sector, in purchasing an electric bus, service vehicle or utility truck, helping them to reduce air pollution, save on fuels and grow their business.”

Eligible speciality-use vehicles include electric passenger buses, airport and port service vehicles, motorcycles, low-speed utility trucks and heavy-duty transport trucks. Rebates range from C$1,700 to C$50,000 per vehicle and are available for businesses, local and regional governments and non-profit organisations, which are purchasing five or fewer vehicles.

“Our government is helping businesses switch to cleaner vehicles with rebates that make them more affordable so they can reduce emissions and save on fuel and maintenance costs,” added Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman.

“Our CleanBC plan is helping businesses make the transition to a cleaner, better future, where vehicles emit no pollution and where the use of BC technology creates good jobs for people.”

With a rebate through the SUVI programme, Harbour Air Seaplanes has bought a fully electric, zero-emission passenger shuttle bus from GreenPower Motor Company, a BC-based company.

Harbour Air plans to use the shuttle bus to pick up and drop off passengers between Harbour Air’s downtown Vancouver and Richmond locations, as well as Vancouver International Airport.