Vancouver gets 75 new electric-vehicle chargers from the federal gov’t

If you earn less than $80,000 a year in B.C., you can get a $9,000 rebate on an electric car sold for less than $50,000

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A Metro Vancouver real estate development company will install dozens of electric-vehicle chargers at two of its multi-unit projects in Vancouver as part of the federal government’s billion dollar efforts to phase out gas-burning cars.

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According to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, PCI Developments have been given $280,000 of federal cash to help fund the installation of 75 chargers at a cost of $7,500 per charger, with the company paying the balance.

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Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said the funding had come from “a newly enhanced set of digital resources to access funding from federal departments and the Canada Infrastructure Bank.”

Since 2016, the federal government has spent $1 billion subsidizing the purchase of zero-emission vehicles and their charging and refuelling stations — including the $5,000 rebate offered to anyone buying a zero-emission light passenger vehicle. A ZEV includes electric and hydrogen vehicles but consumers are overwhelmingly purchasing rechargeable electric vehicles.

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So far, the federal government has subsidized the installation of 34,500 zero-emission chargers across Canada. However, according to the 2022 federal budget, another $900 million has been set aside for the installation of 50,000 additional electric-vehicle chargers by 2027.

The federal Liberal government’s target is to have 100 per cent of all passenger vehicles sold be ZEVs by 2035. It also wants 90 per cent of power provided by non-emission power sources by 2030, becoming 100 per cent by 2050. All of these targets could be changed by another federal government.

Dabrusin said a further $1.7 billion would be spent to extend the zero-emission vehicle purchase program until March 2025 — which would include expanding eligible vehicles to include ZEV vans, trucks and SUVs.

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PCI Developments spokesperson Brad Howard said the company would also be installing 800 charging stations at its King George Hub development in Surrey. Once complete, the King George Hub will have 1,624 condos and 771 rental suites.

“All told, the chargers at these three PCI projects represent a shared investment of more than $6 million,” Howard said.

The B.C. government also offers rebates on the purchase of an electric vehicle, but it is income tested. This means that if the owner earns less than $80,000 a year, they can get a $4,000 rebate — while a person earning more than $100,000 a year will get no rebate.

Another limitation on the provincial program is that it will only apply to an electric car sold for less than $55,000.

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