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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2011ENV0060-001428

Nov. 5, 2011

Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Energy and Mines

 

 

New rebates help B.C. drivers plug into clean cars

 

SURREY – Starting next month, consumers will be able to access $17 million in funding that will help get them into clean energy vehicles and support the green-tech sector in British Columbia as part of the ‘Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan’, Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy and Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman announced today.

 

Four Programs and Many Choices:

 

·         The point-of-sale incentive program begins Dec. 1 and will provide up to $5,000 off the sticker price for qualifying new battery electric, fuel cell electric, plug-in hybrid electric and compressed natural gas vehicles.

·         With over $6 million in provincial funding for new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen fuelling stations at existing facilities, owners of clean energy vehicles will have more charging and fuelling options.

·         On Dec. 1, homeowners who want to install dedicated charging stations in their homes for their clean energy vehicles will get a rebate of up to $500 per qualifying station. To access these rebates and learn more, log on to LiveSmartBC at: http://www.livesmartbc.ca/

·         As of today, $2.5-million in BC SCRAP-IT Society funding will expand the already successful non-profit group’s initiative to remove high-polluting vehicles from B.C. roads. These incentives are accessed via the BC SCRAP-IT website at: http://www.scrapit.ca/

 

 

Quotes:

 

Terry Lake, Minister of Environment –

“These programs offer a number of opportunities for British Columbians to participate in B.C.’s clean energy future,” said Terry Lake, Minister of Environment. More options for clean-energy transportation equals a greener future for B.C. families.”

 

Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines –

“British Columbia families will now be able to reduce their transportation energy costs through these climate-friendly vehicle and fuel options. These programs will help us build on our global leadership in low-carbon transportation infrastructure and technology and that means new jobs and more economic opportunities."

 

Blair Qualey, CEO, New Car Dealers Association of B.C. –

“The point-of-sale rebate program is key to attracting new clean energy vehicles to the B.C. market. Manufacturers are eager to launch their new electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell cars in markets that demonstrate both high demand and with infrastructure in place – B.C. is now one of those markets.”

 

Dennis Rogoza, CEO of the BC Scrap-It Society –

“We’re excited about moving more power polluters off of B.C. roads. It’s clear with programs like these, British Columbia is committed to providing greener options for a cleaner future. These older vehicles scrapped by our program represent emissions that are up to 60 times greater than that of newer vehicles.”

 

Quick Facts:

 

·         BC SCRAP-IT Society has removed over 30,000 vehicles from B.C. roads, resulting in a reduction of over 200,000 tonnes of GHGs.

·         Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and pure battery-powered electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions.

·         Battery-powered electric vehicles should cost as little as $300 per year in electricity bills compared to upwards of $1,500 per year to fuel a gas-powered car.

·         In March 2011, Mercedes-Benz Canada announced plans to build a new facility in Burnaby to manufacture fuel cell stacks for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

 

British Columbia was the first major region in North America to operate a carbon-neutral public sector. These investments in infrastructure, point-of-sale incentives, rebates and funding mean that British Columbians inspired by B.C.’s carbon-neutral achievements can choose from an array of greener transportation options. These programs will foster growth in the green economy, which will translate into new jobs and more business opportunities.

 

Learn More:

 

·         Ministry of Environment: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/ministries/environment-1/

·         Ministry of Energy Mines: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/ministries/energy-and-mines/

·         BC SCRAP-IT Society: www.scrapit.ca

·         New Car Dealers Association of B.C. www.newcardealers.ca

 

A backgrounder follows.

 

Contacts:

 

Karen Johnston

Communications

Ministry of Environment

250 387-9973

Sandra Steilo

Media Relations

Ministry of Energy and Mines

250 952-0617

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

 

 

BACKGROUNDER

For Immediate Release
2011ENV0060-001428

Nov. 5, 2011

Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Energy and Mines

 

 

 

 

B.C. green programs for clean energy transportation

 

The $17 million supports a variety of options for consumers to go green as they drive into B.C.’s clean energy economy. Scrap your old, pre-1996 vehicle and replace it with a new clean energy vehicle, transit pass or newer car. 

 

The programs include:

 

 

The funding provided is expected to:

 

 

B.C.’s Green Tech Sector

 

 

HTEC North Vancouver Hydrogen Liquefaction project that will supply made-in-B.C. clean hydrogen throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

·         The green, clean economy is estimated to be worth almost $5.2 trillion dollars globally. Growth suggests the sector to grow between $20.1 and $27.4 billion in 2020.

 

Currently, there are about 166,000 full-time clean tech jobs in B.C. and the green labour force growth is projected to be 1.5 per cent, which indicates that B.C. could face a worker shortage of 60,000 by 2020.

 

These programs are designed to accelerate the adoption of clean energy vehicles. These qualifying vehicles can be powered by natural gas, hydrogen or electricity as their primary source of fuel.

 

 

Contacts:

 

Karen Johnston

Communications

Ministry of Environment

250 387-9973

Sandra Steilo

Media Relations

Ministry of Energy and Mines

250 952-0617

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect