Tuesday June 14, 2016
BC Gov't News
Moving in the Right Direction
Electric vehicles: they're coming
BC Gov't Caucus
Chilliwack MLA John Martin behind the wheel of an CEV last week.
he Province is providing $600,000 under the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program to encourage and accelerate the use of electric vehicles in British Columbia's public and private fleets and reduce greenhouse gases.
British Columbia has the largest
public charging infrastructure network in Canada, as well as the
highest per capita adoption of electric vehicles. This latest
investment represents a continuation of B.C.'s leadership in climate
"Congratulations to the Fraser Valley
Regional District for your commitment to clean energy vehicles and
cleaner air. With the installation of five public charging stations
to date and the addition of electric vehicles to your fleet, you're
setting a great example. With our Fleet Champions Program, the
Province is providing resources to encourage other local governments
and businesses to charge up their vehicle fleets and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions," says Martin.
Electric vehicles are well suited to fleets. They offer high fuel economy and stable fuel costs, reduced vehicle maintenance and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and fleet EVs can use centralized charging stations at fleet parking lots.
"Expanding public charging infrastructure and encouraging fleets to adopt electric vehicles are key pieces of the Province's Clean Energy Vehicle Program," said MLA Laurie Throness. "With 98% of the electricity generated in B.C. coming from clean or renewable resources, stimulating the purchase of electric vehicles is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure British Columbia remains a climate action leader."
Under the Province's CEV Program,
public and private fleets are also eligible for point-of-sale
incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new
battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
• A special decal to allow electric
vehicles to travel in high occupancy vehicles (HOV) lanes in B.C.
has already been issued to more than 1,000 electric vehicle owners
in the province since March 2, 2016.
B.C. Fleet Champions Program:
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