April 2015
Plug in BC News

Clean Energy Vehicle Rebates
Emotive at the Vancouver International Auto Show
BCSEA's Vancouver EV Fair

Clean Energy Vehicle Rebates are Back!

As of April 1, 2015, rebates of up to $5,000 will be available for the purchase or lease of new battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and up to $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. See www.cevforbc.ca for details.  


In addition, the BC Scrap It program has incentives for up to $3,250 toward an electric car if you retire a 2000 or older vehicle.

The Province is investing $10.6 million for Phase 2 of the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) program to make electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles more affordable for British Columbians and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Funding for the CEV program is over the next three years and includes:

  • $7.5 million for point-of-sale incentives for electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
  • $1.59 million for investments in charging infrastructure and hydrogen fueling infrastructure*
  • $1 million to assist fleets in adopting CEVs*
  • $500,000 for research, training, and public outreach on clean energy transportation technology*

The Ministry of Energy and Mines will administer and implement the CEV program through partnerships with the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia, the Fraser Basin Council, and the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.


*Program details for these investments are still under design. Investments in infrastructure will be based on the results of a charging infrastructure analysis, to commence immediately, that will identify where there are critical gaps and where provincial investments can have the most impact. (Note, this funding will not apply to residential chargers for single-family homes).

Details of the programs will be available by this fall, and we will share information as it becomes available.

For the provincial press release on CEV, click here.  

Emotive at the Vancouver International Auto Show! 


If you were at the Vancouver Auto Show this year from March 25-29, you hopefully noticed a growing presence of electric cars!

Emotive (Plug In BC's outreach initiative) managed and ran the Green Ride and Drive, and visitors had the opportunity to test-drive a variety of electric and hybrid plug-in cars, including the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMIEV, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus Electric, and Smart Fortwo Electric. We had a total of 463 test drives, giving hundreds of people the opportunity to experience electric!


Follow Emotive on Facebook for upcoming EV events this summer!  

Are you planning an event? Emotive has an Outreach Kit to help local governments or organizations raise awareness of electric cars in their own city or community. Contact us for details. 

BCSEA'S Vancouver Electric Vehicle Fair 2015 


The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) are happy to announce the return of their annual ELECTRIC VEHICLE FAIR - EVF 2015! Join them for a fun, engaging, and family friendly day at Science World on April 24th.

Enjoy a complimentary drink and delicious tapas food with your ticket, listen to Z95.3, and check out a unique variety of some of the latest electric vehicles, bikes, and infrastructure available in Vancouver. Over 50 electric vehicles will be on site!
Tickets are now available through Eventbrite. Check out BCSEA's Facebook page for the latest updates for #EVF2015!
Test Drive Pre-Booking is now available (subject to availability)! Test drives can be booked by emailing BCSEA Vancouver Chair, Veronica Owens, at Vancouver-Chair@bcsea.org

Please note: You can book a test drive on the day of the event; however, 50% of test drives will already be pre-booked at that time. Test drives will run on a first come, first serve basis on event day. 
About Plug in BC 

Plug In BC is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in British Columbia. It is a broad collaboration between the Province of BC, BC Hydro, the Fraser Basin Council, several academic institutions, EV owners, and over 180 communities and businesses.   


Visit the Plug In BC website for resources, program updates, upcoming events, and more. www.pluginbc.ca

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EV2015V? Conference and Trade Show 

Electric Mobility Canada will hold its annual national conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 25th to 27th, 2015.

The theme for the 2015 conference is: EVs Coast to Coast: Innovation & Infrastructure and encourages a focus on the rapid changes in many aspects of electric mobility for all modes of transport. 


The three-day event presents plenary sessions, technical sessions as well as special sessions aimed at academics, new technology developers and vehicle manufacturers. 


The EV-V? Conferences and Trade Shows are the only national events on EVs in Canada.

Register now!

Bringing Emotive to your Community Events! 
Do you want to let people know about electric cars? Emotive is looking for community partners interested in including this BC-wide EV outreach campaign at public events this summer. 
If you're interested please contact Vanadis Oviedo for more information.
We're also always in search for stories of EV owners to share. If are an electric vehicle owner, contact us to become an EV Ambassador! 
New BC Funding Program for First Nations and Local Governments - Community Energy Leadership Program

NOTE: This is NOT an EV funding program, however, it may be of interest to some of you. 
The Ministry of Energy and Mines has posted a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to B.C. local governments and First Nations to determine the level of interest in, and eligibility for, a potential Call for Applications under the newly created Community Energy  Leadership Program (CELP). Deadline is May 4th, 2015. 
Past Plug In BC News 

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December 2014
September 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014   
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