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CEV for BC

Richmond, BC – British Columbia’s first CEV for BC™ (Clean Energy Vehicles for British Columbia) Point of Sale Incentive program has reached a major milestone, now having provided more than $1 Million in incentives to British Columbians switching to clean energy vehicles since coming into effect in December 2011.

The CEV for BC™ Program, administered by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDABC) on behalf of the provincial government, provides up to $5,000 off of the pre-tax sticker price per eligible clean energy vehicle. $1 Million in incentives is equal to 200 clean energy vehicles now on BC roads.

There are 17 vehicles eligible for the incentive program, including the latest addition to the list, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric. The first Focus Electric to be sold in BC was recently delivered to a customer in Fort St. John. The zero-emission, battery-powered compact electric reaches a top speed of 135 km/h.  A total of 23 kWh of energy is stored in a battery pack located under and behind the rear seat.

The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiev are the top three selling CEVs in the province.

“Moving forward we expect to see even more interest in the program as more eligible vehicles arrive in BC, additional charging infrastructure is deployed, and awareness of the incentives continues to grow,” says Blair Qualey, President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. “There is a definite interest in these vehicles as over 73% of the 968 people surveyed by our team this year indicated that they are considering a clean energy vehicle for their next purchase.”

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