VICTORIA—A rebate program in B.C. is making electric cars more attainable for businesses.
A Victoria company, Geazone Eco-Courier, is building its fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) with the help of rebates through the CleanBC Go Electric Hydrogen Fleet program.
“We want to encourage more B.C. companies to make the switch to clean energy in their day-to-day business,” said Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation, in a statement. “Geazone Eco-Courier is a great example of a local company that is working to adopt cleaner vehicles, which not only aligns with our hydrogen strategy and CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, but also helps other businesses and communities reach their own climate-change targets by ensuring couriers are behind the wheel of zero-emission vehicles.”
The company stated it plans to continue expanding its fleet in the coming months. The zero-emissions courier company provides sustainable delivery services, third-party logistics and freight services to businesses on Vancouver Island and in Greater Vancouver, with a fleet made of human-powered tricycles, FCEVs and fully electric five-tonne trucks. By offering customers a zero-emissions courier, Geazone Eco-Courier is helping other businesses reduce their carbon emissions.
In partnership with the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Hydrogen Fleet program offers eligible fleet operators $8,000 to a maximum of 35 per cent of selling price for the purchase of a fuel-cell electric vehicle to help businesses reduce emissions. The program, launched in 2019, is intended to encourage the light-duty FCEV market in B.C. and is available to local businesses building out commercial fleets.