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CanadaB.C. slashes electric vehicle subsidy after consumers flock to the program

14:50  25 june  2019
14:50  25 june  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A subsidy or government incentive is a form of financial aid or support extended to an economic sector (or institution, business, or individual) generally with the aim of promoting economic and social policy. Although commonly extended from government

Britain has acted to cut its electric vehicle subsidy program by nearly 82 percent, as the government acts to drastically slash public spending. But of the original £230 million granted in the Labour bill, just £43 million will now go to early EVs—meaning the money could run out after just 8,600 vehicles .

B.C. slashes electric vehicle subsidy after consumers flock to the program© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson A Chevrolet Volt electric car is seen during media day at the Montreal International Auto Show Thursday, January 19, 2017 in Montreal.

The B.C. government is moving to cut the subsidy it offers on electric vehicles in the wake of a surge of consumers cashing in on the incentives.

B.C. had been offering up to $5,000 in incentives on the price of a new fully electric vehicle, while the federal government offers an additional $5,000 incentive.

This weekend, the province announced that it would be cutting its maximum incentive to $3,000 due to the massive popularity of the program. The province says it has received more than 6,000 applications for the subsidy so far.

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An electric car getting charged. File. CTV News Vancouver Published Saturday, June 22, 2019 3:16PM PDT. The province has "topped up" its incentive program for drivers who buy a clean-energy vehicle , but the rebate for each consumer will be less than before. On Saturday, the provincial

All other applications for vehicles already purchased/leased will be processed and placed on a rebate waitlist. Qualified applicants on the rebate waitlist will receive payment if the project receives more funding from the State of California.

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"We'd like to have had more notice," said Blair Qualey with the New Car Dealer Association of B.C.

B.C. has been a Canadian leader in the sale of electric vehicles, second only behind Quebec in 2019.

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According to Electric Mobility Canada, B.C. sales in the first quarter of 2019 nearly doubled from the same period in 2018 from 1,361 vehicles sold to 2,718 vehicles sold.

The move to cut the incentives comes just months after the province passed legislation requiring all new vehicles sold in B.C. be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

"It's great that people are excited about this program," said Energy Minister Michelle Mungall.

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electric or hydrogen vehicles , consumers just don’t purchase them in the same numbers.” The Ontario program offered up to ,000 back for buyers, but the new Ford government cancelled The Ontario government has also cancelled an incentive program for electric vehicle charging stations

McKinsey’s proprietary Electric Vehicle Index (EVI) assesses the e-mobility performance of 15 key countries around the world. Since the creation of the EVI, several years ago, it has served as a critical tool to help organizations exposed to the automotive, mobility, and energy sectors understand how

"But we want to be able to maintain that excitement, and that means we have to do what it takes to keep the program growing into the future and we think we've done that."

But the opposition BC Liberals say the government is sending mixed messages.

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"To say one day that, 'Hey, we want everybody in an electric vehicle,' and then just weeks later reduce the subsidy in a significant way, it tells you that this government is just making it up as they go along," said BC Liberal MLA Jas Johal.

Under the new changes, vehicles with a price tag of more than $55,000 will be excluded from the rebate — the same cap applied to the federal subsidy.

The province is also freeing up another $26.5 million of already funded cash to top up the fund that pays out the incentives.

Buyers who had already locked in EV purchases prior to June 22 will still be eligible for the full $5,000 incentive.

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