We were delighted to hear the announcement from Minister of Environment, Terry Lake, this week, at the Vancouver Int'l Auto Show 2012. Upon review, the Province of B.C. will support the adoption of plug-in electrification in transportation with high-speed public charging infrastructure to the tune of $2.74 million administered by the non-profit, Fraser Basin Council (FBC). The Community Charging Infrastructure Fund will allow municipalities, regional governments, First Nations, institutions and businesses based in B.C. to access funding for the purpose of building public infrastructure for electric vehicle charging equipment (or electric vehicle supply equipment, EVSE) for communities to promote greater adoption.
As the variety of options for electric vehicles becomes greater, the existing LiveSmart BC (Clean Energy Vehicles for BC) incentives of $5000 off purchasing price (or lease) and a mail-in rebate of $500 off Level 2 (208-240V) charging equipment, the front-end costs of fully electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles has become more accessible. Here is a list of all current eligible units. The other important factor is the rising cost of gas and diesel. Currently, the prices at the pump are sitting at around $1.44/L and this is expected to rise past $1.50 and possibly the $2 mark.
If you don't have an EV or a plug-in hybrid, we suggest you beat the rush. Here are some of the current pics of the latest picks from the Vancouver International Autoshow 2012: