Surrey, British Columbia – British Columbia is offering $17 million in funding to help consumers get into clean-energy vehicles and to support the “green” tech sector in the province. Starting December 1, 2011, buyers will be eligible to incentives of up to $5,000 on qualifying vehicles.

The funding is part of the Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan announced by Environment Minister Terry Lake, and Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman.

The program includes:

– A rebate of up to $5,000 off the sticker price for qualifying new battery electric, fuel cell electric, plug-in hybrid electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

– Over $6 million in provincial funding for new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen fuelling stations at existing facilities.

– A rebate of up to $500 per qualifying station for consumers who want to install dedicated charging stations in their homes for clean-energy vehicles.

– $2.5 million in funding to the BC SCRAP-IT Society to expand the non-profit group’s initiative to remove high-polluting vehicles from B.C. roads. The Society has already removed over 30,000 vehicles from the roads, resulting in a reduction of over 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on vehicle and charging station subsidies, visit LiveSmartBC. For more information on the vehicle scrappage program, visit BC SCRAP-IT. 

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