The CEV for BC program offers an instant $5000 rebate off the price of a leaf and Live-Smart BC is offering $500 towards a home charger.
The idea is to accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles in the province but aside from these small rebates, there are no other incentives to drive a "green" vehicle here. I would love to replace my 2002 civic with a Leaf but the cash rebate simply is not enough in my opinion.
If the provincial government wants to get serious about true EV adoption, here is what I would suggest:
- Do NOT increase the rebates. While the cash rebates are nice for the EV buyers, it's just another sticking point for tax payers subsidizing services they don't use.
- DC quick chargers along major routes. (Sea to Sky, Coquihalla etc).
- HOV lane stickers. Allow full access to HOV lanes with an EV. This is a no brainer and it costs the provincial government virtually nothing. Why this isn't already in effect is beyond me...
- Free use of toll bridges. (Golden Ears, New Port Mann, etc)
- Cheaper insurance rates from ICBC.
what do you guys think? Perhaps we should compile some more ideas to send to the ministries of environment and transportation.