BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program benefits sales of electric vehicles

Nissan LEAF.

Nissan LEAF.

The Government of British Columbia has announced a BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program, which provides incentives for British Columbia residents who purchase an electric vehicle.

When the BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program goes into effect on April 1, 2015, Nissan’s all-electric LEAF will be eligible for the full $5,000 incentive in British Columbia.

In addition, a recently announced SCRAP-IT program offers consumers purchasing a qualifying new electric vehicle, and who scrap their model year 2000 or older vehicle, to receive a $3,250 rebate.

With the 2015 Nissan LEAF starting at $31,798 and factoring both incentives, consumers can drive emission-free in the reasonable $25,000 price range.

The BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program also commits $1.59-milion for investments in infrastructure to support public charging of green vehicles.

Nissan sold 1,085 LEAF vehicles in 2014, up 131 per cent over 2013, making it the best-selling all-electric vehicle in Canada.

To date, Nissan LEAF owners worldwide have covered more than one billion all-electric kilometres, keeping an estimated 222-billion kilograms of CO2 out of the atmosphere.