BC Ponies Up Green For Green Car Buys

If you live in British Columbia and you’re looking to ditch your old car for a new, energy-efficient model, you’re in luck. The province recently announced $17 million in funding and rebates that officials hope will help get consumers to scrap their old cars, buy green vehicles and install electric charging stations.

The funding is part of a program called “Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan.” The programs includes point-of-sale incentives for electric vehicle (EV) buyers, rebates for the installation of EV charging stations and funding for scrapping old gas-guzzling cars.

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The vehicle-purchase rebates range from $2,500 to $5,000 and are available for purchase of the “Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, light-duty natural gas vehicles, light-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and other qualifying vehicles bought or leased on or after Dec. 1, 2011,” according to the province.

In conjunction with the program, BC officials expanded the existing BC SCRAP-IT Society initiative by providing an additional $2.5 million in funding. The program removes high-polluting vehicles from the road, with more than 30,000 vehicles already reportedly scrubbed from B.C. roads, resulting in a reduction of over 200,000 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions.

Electric vehicle owners who want to install charging stations in their homes will also see savings for doing so. Rebates  up to $500 per qualifying station are available. BC previously provided $6 million in  funding for new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen fuelling stations at existing facilities, so owners of clean energy vehicles  have more charging and fueling options.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.