British Columbians looking to trade in their gas engine vehicle for an all electric vehicle got an additional $3000 boost on Wednesday from a non-profit society called BC Scrap-It. The society had previously offered $3000 for those willing to buy a new electric vehicle and take their fossil fuel engine vehicle off the road, but has now doubled the dollar amount to $6000 as an assist. In addition to the already in place BC government's Clean Energy Vehicles for BC program, in which $5000 is available towards a new electric vehicle purchase, the total amount of savings is up to $11,000.
Scrap-It CEO Dennis Rogoza says the program will benefit the environment and make the air cleaner in Metro Vancouver. "The condition is you have to scrap a gas-powered car and get an internal combustion engine off the road." "Batteries have extremely low greenhouse gas emissions. That's the net benefit to the environment." The society is offering up to 500 incentive packages in 2017 for new electric vehicle purchases and for those unable to afford a brand new $40,000 cost of a new car, the society is also offering another 400 incentives for purchasing used electric vehicles. Rogoza hopes the incentives will help people make the switch.
Scrap-It's program only applies to all-electric and plug-in hybrid purchases, and will not include full hybrids. The difference between a plug-in hybrid and full hybrid is the the main fuel source of the engine, while plug-in's are electric and full hybrids still use gasoline-powered internal combustion engines. Both gas-powered and electric vehicles offer their own price advantages. An internal combustion engine vehicle will be initially cheaper but the cost of fuel will slowly add up, while shelling out more for an electric vehicle but the price of fuel will be cheaper. The society hopes the additional funds to help reduce the cost of an electric vehicle will help people make the switch over. One of the biggest issues of purchasing an electric vehicle is travel distance capabilities. While some of the high end Tesla models can offer up to 350 km a charge. However, charging time is a huge factor for long road trips. While it could take up to 30 minutes on a super charger to get a full charge, using a regular outlet can take up to 10 hours. And for an internal combustion vehicle, fueling up can take no longer than 10 minutes for that kind of driving range. While technology catches up to internal combustion's driving range and refuel time, this kind of savings will be more than enough for people looking to only drive locally. A full charge is more than enough to drive to work and do all your chores and go home with plenty of charge left.