British Columbia has announced a new CleanBC Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUI) and a Commercial Vehicle Pilot (CVP) program that boost rebates for electric commercial and industrial vehicles in the province.

“We’re offering stronger support for B.C. businesses to go electric by doubling existing rebates and adding new offers for commercial vehicles,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

The SUVI program will receive $31 million in funding via StrongerBC, the COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Businesses, local governments, and non-profits that buy specialty-use zero-emission vehicles can receive rebates worth up to 33 per cent of the total cost, up to $100,000 per vehicle, from the previous $50,000 maximum.

Because tourism and hospitality businesses were hit so hard by the pandemic, businesses in those sectors, including restaurants, are eligible for double the rebates, up to 66% off a medium- or heavy-duty vehicle, including one used for food delivery.

Although aimed at encouraging the adoption of larger vehicles, businesses can also put the rebate towards smaller special-use EVs, including motorcycles and low-speed utility trucks, and even cargo e-bikes, which combine human muscle power with a small electric motor.

“Investing in 21st-century infrastructure through rebates for electric vehicles will mean more tourism businesses can adopt cleaner, greener transportation options for when it is safe to welcome visitors back to super, natural British Columbia,” said Melanie Mark, Minister for Tourism.

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