The CleanBC Go Electric Commercial Vehicle Pilots (CVP) Program intends to encourage and accelerate the adoption of commercial zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). It is for B.C.-based businesses, non-profits, local governments, Indigenous communities and eligible public entities looking to deploy ZEV technology in commercial applications along with supporting infrastructure. The CVP Program is one of a suite of programs offered under the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Program, designed to reduce barriers to the adoption of ZEVs to realize both their environmental and economic benefits.

As a requirement of taking part in the program, participants must collect and share data related to the ZEV deployments that will be used to further the understanding of the operational capabilities of commercial ZEVs. The program will have several pre-qualified telematics service providers that meet the data collection requirements. If you would like to be considered as a pre-qualified telematics service provider, please contact [email protected].

 

Program Funding

There is a total of $11 million in funding available through the CVP Program.  Successful applicants are eligible to receive funding support of up to one-third of total costs of their ZEV deployments and/or infrastructure projects. The funding call is expected to support several on-road medium and heavy-duty applications, as well as one or two in the marine, rail, air or off-road categories. The final number and types of applications supported will be at the discretion of the Program Advisory Committee.

 

Program Goals

The goals of the CVP Program are to:

1. Make zero-emission vehicles more affordable for British Columbians.

2. Improve adoption rates and availability of the best commercially applicable zero-emission vehicle technology options in B.C.

3. Accelerate the transition of commercial vehicles across all modes to zero-emission technology and reduce emissions in the commercial vehicle sector.

The CVP Program supports the Province’s CleanBC plan and legislated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions targets. The targets are GHG emission reductions of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050, relative to 2007 levels.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applications will be evaluated based on alignment with the following evaluation criteria:

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential and Other Co-Benefits Potential

The potential for GHG emission reductions (based on annual kilometers driven or hours operated, emission intensity of fuel/energy sources and other relevant metrics) that would occur as a result of the proposed vehicle deployment. Additional environmental, community and clean energy co-benefits will be considered in this category of evaluation.

Feasibility of Project Scope and Plan

How well developed and achievable the proposed deployment is, including the timeline for vehicle acquisition and deployment. It will also be based on how the deployment is backed by organizational commitments by the primary applicant to switch to zero-emission technology in their broader operations. 

Funding Need and Leveraging

The total funding request, the amount of leveraged external funding support and demonstrated need for the proposed deployment.

Innovation and Enabling of Greater Change

Benefits in terms of enabling longer-term and larger-scale transformation of particular commercial vehicle use cases.

For applicant, vehicle, and supporting infrastructure eligibility requirements, please see the eligibility page.

Background

The commercial transport sector in B.C. accounts for approximately 57 percent of all transportation emissions. Due to high capital costs associated with commercial ZEV emerging technology and because of the high cost sensitivity of freight and transportation services in the province, commercial vehicles represent a difficult market to shift to ZEV technology.

 

The CVP Program was designed by the Clean Transportation Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation to reduce the barriers to switching to ZEVs in the commercial vehicle sector (on- and off-road medium- and heavy-duty vehicles). As a secondary outcome, the CVP Program is designed to gather and share knowledge regarding the deployment and operation of commercial  ZEVs to help with the long-term transition of the sector to zero-emission technology. By becoming a jurisdiction that supports the early adoption of commercial ZEVs, the Province is aiming to build relationships with equipment and infrastructure suppliers and become a prioritized destination for the limited number of commercial ZEVs available on the market over the coming years.