Nothing seems to motivate people more than cash, and British Columbia has acknowledged this. The Canadian province has launched a new incentive program, which will go into effect December 1. The program will offer up to $5000 Canadian dollars as a rebate for people willing to invest in vehicles that utilize fuel cell electric, hybrids, battery electrics, and compressed natural gas cars.
These rebates are tangible proof of BC’s “Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan” initiative, which was announced by Environment Minister Terry Lake and fellow Minister Rich Coleman. British Columbia will also be injecting a lot of capital into other green projects; more than $6 million will be spent on new charging stations, as well as upgraded hydrogen fueling stations.
General Motors Canada released a statement in response to these latest developments. Kevin W. Williams, the president and managing director at GM Canada states,
“GM Canada commends British Columbia for its new Clean Transportation Program, which will accelerate consumer adoption of green vehicular technologies like the Chevrolet Volt…recognized as a leading jurisdiction for green technology. BC is one of the initial Canadian launch markets for the Volt, available from local dealers today.”
Measures are also being taken to remove harmful vehicles from Canadian roads. The BC SCRAP-IT Society, for example, has received $2.5 million in funding. The group is responsible for having removed more than 30,000 high-polluting vehicles from the road. Finally, homeowners who install dedicated charging stations will be eligible for $500 per station. These initiatives combined will surely impact BC in a very green way; those in the province who don’t own an eco-friendly vehicle will surely consider making the switch, by installing greener automobiles behind their garage doors.