The Government of British Columbia is doubling its rebate available to customers who install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in their homes or at their workplaces.
First introduced in September 2019, the original requirements of the program provided up to $350 off the purchase and installation of an eligible EV charger. The Tesla High Powered Wall Connector (HPWC) was initially excluded, but after a large amount of feedback and criticism it was added to the list a week later.
In an announcement Thursday, the government will now provide homeowners a rebate for 50% of the cost up to a maximum of $700. For workplaces and residents of condos or apartments, the rebate has also been doubled from $2,000 to $4,000 (or 50% of the cost).
“B.C. has the strongest uptake in electric vehicle adoption across Canada, and we’re positioning ourselves to become leaders in the EV industry. We’re making it easier and more affordable for people to make the switch to electric vehicles and supporting new jobs for electricians and trades workers across B.C,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation in a statement.
If you are interesting in participating in the program, applications open tomorrow, December 4, 2020 and can be found here.
With the price of the Tesla HPWC at $635, and if the installation costs around the same amount (too many variables to give an amount for every scenario), you’re basically getting the charger for free.