The CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program now offers significantly higher rebates per fleet and vehicle
The BC Trucking Association (BCTA), in partnership with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, have made significant changes to the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program to help carriers save even more money and further reduce their carbon footprint with new funding levels, new qualifying equipment, and new vehicle thresholds.
The CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency (HDVE) Program is now offering up to $20,000 of rebates per vehicle and up to $150,000 per fleet toward the purchase and installation of fuel-saving devices. Additional changes that have been made to this year’s program include:
Class 5 and higher vehicles (or a licensed gross vehicle weight rating of 7,257 kg or greater) are now eligible for incentives;
Increased program incentives for qualifying equipment, including diesel APUs (up to $6,000/device), electric APUs (up to $8,000/device), electric APUs paired with solar panels (up to $10,000/device), tire inflation devices (up to $750/device), and cab heaters, coolers and coolant heaters (up to $2,000/device);
Addition of the diesel-electric reefer which is new to the program, and is eligible for up to $10,000/device
Since its inception in 2019, BCTA estimates the impact of program to have removed 67.8 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions each year — the equivalent of 14,386 passenger vehicles across North America — and that number continues to climb into year four of the program. Year four of the HDVE Program will run until August 31, 2023, or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
CleanBC HDVE Program Key Features
The newly revamped and condensed Program Course teaches participants the importance on why truck and motor coach fleets of any size should have a fuel management program that focuses on driver training, benchmarking, adoption of fuel-saving equipment, and fleet turnover. Completion of the course is a pre-requisite before applying for rebates and can be attended online or in-person at the BCTA office. Registration is free.
The full list of approved equipment and rebates can be found in the Program Guide.
Funding is allocated equitably among successful applicants by region and carrier type and size.
BCTA is also making it easier for you to save. All qualifying fuel-efficiency equipment approved by the recipient must be purchased and installed in the province by a BC-based company during the program year and only after passing the Program Course. If the equipment is unavailable for purchase in BC due to supply chain issues and/or the company selling the equipment does not have a BC-based office, the equipment may still be eligible for program incentives if it can be confirmed that:
For retrofits, the fuel-efficient equipment purchased was both installed in BC and incurred BC provincial sales tax paid on the equipment being installed, and
For new vehicles, the vehicle was delivered to a BC terminal for operations, has had a commercial vehicle inspection in BC prior to operations, and either has incurred provincial sales tax for the import of the vehicle into BC or is registered provincially as a multijurisdictional vehicle.
BCTA is working in collaboration with Indigenous businesses and communities to encourage program participation and achieve stronger representation of Indigenous talent in the commercial vehicle sector. There is no requirement to be a BCTA member to participate in the program.