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Electrify Rebates for NS Residents

Save on your purchase of an electric vehicle or e-bike.

Electrify Nova Scotia Rebate Program

Looking to purchase a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) or electric bicycle (e-bike)? You could qualify for rebates available through Electrify Nova Scotia Provincial Rebate Program and iZEV Program from the Government of Canada.

Offered through the Province of Nova Scotia, Electrify provides rebates for the purchase or lease of qualifying BEVs, PHEVs and e-bikes purchased or leased from dealerships and retailers located in Nova Scotia on or after February 24, 2021.

Rebates are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and will remain available until the program budget is exhausted or the program is terminated.

Contact us:

(P) 1-877-522-1110
(E) electrify@cleanfoundation.ca

Electric Vehicle Eligibility

Eligible vehicles are the same as the federal iZEV incentive program.

All rebates on qualifying BEVs and PHEVs must be applied at the time of purchase from the dealership. As of April 25, 2022, the Electrify program reflects the new iZEV eligibility guidelines, increasing the MSRP of accepted vehicles and changing the definition of long-range and short-range PHEVs. Please refer to the federal list for vehicles that qualify for rebates.

Vehicle Type Vehicle Category New Vehicles Used BEVs and PHEVs
MSRP (New Vehicles) Rebate Amount Retail Price (Used Vehicles) Rebate Amount
BEV Passenger cars Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $65,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $55,000 $2,000
Station wagons, pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, vans, and special purpose vehicles Less than $60,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $70,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $55,000 $2,000
PHEV, long-range Passenger cars Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $65,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000
Station wagons, pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, vans, and special purpose vehicles Less than $60,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $70,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000
PHEV, short-range Passenger cars Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $65,000 for higher-priced trims $2,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000
Station wagons, pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, vans, and special purpose vehicles Less than $60,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $70,000 for higher-priced trims $2,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000

 

E-bike Eligibility

E-bikes retailing for $1,200 or over are eligible for a $500 rebate if they meet the following criteria:

 

  • the e-bike retails for at least $1,200, inclusive of sales and discounts, but exclusive of taxes and delivery fees; and can not exceed $10,000;
  • the electric motor must be 500 watts or less and be capable of propelling the cycle no faster than 32 km/h on level ground without pedaling;
  • the motor must disengage when the operator: (a) stops pedaling, or (b) releases the accelerator or (c) applies a brake;
    the motor cannot be gas- or diesel-powered;
  • the e-bike must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling; and
  • the vehicle must meet any other conditions in the Motor Vehicle Act and regulations (R.S., c. 293, s. 1).

The e-bike must be purchased new from a retailer with a physical storefront in Nova Scotia (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores). E-bikes ordered directly from e-bike makers are not eligible.

Claim your provincial Electrify Rebate

E-bike Rebates

E-bike purchases from retailers who don’t offer an instant rebate option, will need to apply retroactively. Applications must be submitted within 30 days of purchase to qualify, and will be provided on a first come-first serve basis.

 Frequently Asked Questions

General

Do I have to live in Nova Scotia to qualify for a rebate?

Yes, individual consumers must be Nova Scotian residents to receive the rebate.

Are businesses and non-profit organizations eligible?

Yes, if they are registered in Nova Scotia or have a business affiliate here.

Are municipal governments and First Nations eligible?

Yes, municipal governments and First Nations are eligible for rebates.

Are Federal or Provincial departments, agencies or Crown corporations eligible?
No, Federal and Provincial Crown departments, agencies and corporations are not eligible for rebates.
When does the Electrify rebate program start?

Starting February 24, 2021, Nova Scotian residents and eligible organizations who purchase or lease an eligible vehicle or e-bike are entitled to receive rebates.

When does the Electrify rebate program end?
The rebates will remain available until the budget allocated for this program is completely exhausted or until such time as the Government of Nova Scotia decides to terminate it, with or without notice.
Is it a first-come, first-serve rebate program?

Yes, rebates are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for approved applicants of eligible purchases and will remain available until the program budget is exhausted or the program is terminated. We require applications to be received within 30 days of purchase. Applications received after 30 days of purchase will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What if I bought an eligible electric vehicle or e-bike on February 23, 2021? Can I still get my rebate?
No. The rebate program took effect on February 24, 2021. Only purchases or leases of eligible BEVs and PHEVs, and e-bikes on or after this date will qualify for rebates.
Can I purchase or lease an electric vehicle outside of Nova Scotia and still qualify for the rebate?

No, only vehicles purchased or leased within Nova Scotia from a licensed dealer are eligible.

 

I am an EV dealership or e-bike retailer, how do I register to offer rebates at point-of-sale?

EV Dealerships and retailers can register online to receive rebates through our direct deposit system. To register online, click here.
Once you complete your online registration you will receive instructions detailing how to apply to be reimbursed for rebates.

 

I am an EV dealership or e-bike retailer and have already registered with the program. How do I get reimbursed for instant rebates?

If you have already completed the registration form, you can submit a claim or reimbursement to our online claim form. Please refer to program guidelines for more details on the claim submission process. Rebate applications must be received within 30 days of the date of sale. Rebates are provided on a first come first serve basis for approved applicants.

 

What if I do not have access to apply online?

You can still apply by using our application form. Please understand that by applying in this manner you should expect an additional week of processing time once we have recieved your application. Rebates are provided on a first come first serve basis and we consider the date of application to be the date we receive your application in the mail. Applications must be recevied within 30 days of purchase to be eligible. We are not responsible for delays due to mailing. 

How does the Nova Scotia rebate work with other rebate programs?

The Electrify new electric vehicle rebate will be applied to eligible new vehicles in addition to any federal rebates offered under the iZEV program. So, an eligible new BEV or long-range PHEVs can receive $3,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia in addition to $5,000 from the iZEV program, for a total of $8,000.

Is there a limit on how many vehicles I can purchase or lease and still receive a rebate?

Yes, there are different limits for different types of consumers. Individuals can only get one new vehicle rebate in a calendar year. Businesses, municipal governments, First Nations, and non-profits can get up to 10 new vehicle rebates in a calendar year.

New Electric Vehicle Rebates

What is an electric vehicle?
Electric vehicles (often abbreviated to EVs) are vehicles that get their power from electricity instead of gas. Instead of filling up the tank they can be recharged by being plugged into an external source of electricity, such as a wall socket. There are two major types of EVs:

  • Battery electric vehicles (BEVs, which have only an electric motor and no internal combustion engine); and
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs, which have both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine).

Hybrid vehicles that do not plug in, such as the Toyota Prius, are not considered electric vehicles for rebate eligibility purposes. (However, the Toyota Prius Prime, which does plug in, would be considered an eligible PHEV.)

What is the difference between a “hybrid” and a “plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

A hybrid vehicle is exclusively powered by gas. While a “hybrid” vehicle might get you great gas mileage it is not considered to be an electric vehicle. Plug-In Hybrid electric vehicles are a mixed fuel vehicle, they have an estimated electric range, but do not rely solely on electric power – they have a fuel tank as well.

What is a "long-range" versus a "short-range" plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

As of April 25 2022, the federal iZEV program created a new definition of a short-range and long-range PHEV. Ranges of PHEVs is now based on electric range in kilometres (km). PHEVs with an electric range of 50 km or more are considered “long-range”, PHEVs under 50km are considered “short-range”.

What vehicles are eligible for the new electric vehicle rebate?

Specifically, the rebate will apply to:

Vehicle Type 

Vehicle Category 

MSRP (New Vehicles) 

Rebate Amount 

BEV 

Passenger cars 

Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $65,000 for higher-priced trims 

$3,000 

 

Station wagons, pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, vans, and special purpose vehicles 

Less than $60,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $70,000 for higher-priced trims 

$3,000 

PHEV, long-range 

Passenger cars 

Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $65,000 for higher-priced trims 

$3,000 

Station wagons, pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, vans, and special purpose vehicles 

Less than $60,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $70,000 for higher-priced trims 

$3,000 

PHEV, short-range 

Passenger cars 

Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $65,000 for higher-priced trims 

$2,000 

Station wagons, pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, vans, and special purpose vehicles 

Less than $60,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $70,000 for higher-priced trims 

$2,000 

Please see the list of eligible vehicles available from the iZEV program.

In all cases, to be eligible for a new electric vehicle rebate, all vehicles must also:

  1. meet all federal and provincial motor vehicle safety standards;
  2. be intended for use on public streets, roads, and highways; and
  3. have at least four functioning wheels and be highway capable (e.g., not a low-speed vehicle).

Note that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric motorcycles, scooters and off-road vehicles are not eligible for rebates.

Important: Transport Canada adjusts this list from time to time and reserves the right to take models off the list at any time. Any changes to the list from Transport Canada will be effective in Nova Scotia immediately upon publication of the changes by Transport Canada.

How much are the rebates for new electric vehicles?

 The rebate for new electric vehicles will apply to the same makes and models as in the Government of Canada iZEV program.

Vehicle Type 

Seating Capacity 

New Electric Vehicles 

MSRP (New Vehicles) 

Rebate Amount 

BEV 

Passenger vehicle 

$55,000 to $65,000 

$3,000 

 

Larger vehicle* 

$60,000 to $70,000 

PHEV, long-range 

Passenger vehicle 

$55,000 to $65,000 

Larger vehicle* 

$60,000 to $70,000 

PHEV, short-range 

Passenger vehicle 

$55,000 to $65,000 

$2,000 

Larger vehicle* 

$60,000 to $70,000 

What is a vehicle trim level?
A vehicle trim level is a pre-determined package of different equipment and finishes offered for a particular vehicle model (e.g., base, sport, touring, etc.). A vehicle model can have multiple trim levels. Different trim levels will typically have a different MSRP.
Do I qualify for the new electric vehicle rebate if I lease rather than buy?
Yes, the rebate can be applied to eligible vehicles leased for a minimum of one year but will be prorated based on the length of the lease. For example, a 48-month lease is eligible for the full rebate amount for the eligible vehicle in question and a 24-month lease will be eligible for half of the rebate for that vehicle.

Length of Lease BEVs and Long-Range PHEVs Short-Range PHEVs
48 months $3,000 $2,000
36 months $2,250 $1,500
24 months $1,500 $1,000
12 months $750 $500

Important: The Government of Nova Scotia is mandating that lessors retain their vehicle for a minimum of 12 months, or they will have to repay a prorated portion of the rebate.

Will I have to repay the rebate if I sell my new electric vehicle in the first 12 months?

Yes, the minimum ownership or lease period required to retain the full rebate is 12 months. Purchasers or lessees who sell or end their vehicle lease before that time will be required to refund a prorated portion of the rebate. Failure to refund the rebate to the program administrators may result in inability to receive Electrify rebates on future purchases.

Are demonstrator vehicles eligible?

Yes, eligible BEVs and PHEVs that are demonstrators are considered new vehicles and are eligible for the rebate as long as the odometer reading is less than 10,000 km. The vehicle can not have been registered previously by anyone other than the dealership to qualify.

If I already received a rebate for a used electric vehicle from Nova Scotia, can I still receive a rebate if I also buy a new electric vehicle in the same calendar year?

Yes, individuals can get one new vehicle rebate and one used vehicle rebate per calendar year.

Will the Government of Nova Scotia be offering a tax write-off on electric vehicles?
No; only rebates are available.

Used Electric Vehicle Rebates

What vehicles are eligible for the used electric vehicle rebate?

The used electric vehicle rebate will apply to any year, make or model of BEV or PHEV so long as it meets the following criteria:

  • must be purchased from a licensed dealer (not a private sale) located in Nova Scotia;
  • must not have had the Nova Scotia used vehicle rebate previously applied (only one used vehicle rebate is available per vehicle);
    • licensed dealerships will be responsible for sharing the vehicle identification number (VIN) for all electric vehicles that receive a used vehicle rebate with the Program Administrator to allow for verification of whether the vehicle has previously had the used vehicle rebate applied;
  • the retail price for a used BEV must be between $10,000 and $55,000, regardless of what its original MSRP was;
  • the retail price for a used PHEV (whether long-range or short-range) must be between $10,000 and $40,000, regardless of what its original MSRP was;
  • the vehicle has been inspected to evaluate the residual capacity of the battery with respect to its initial capacity and this information must be disclosed to the customer in writing on the bill of sale prior to the sale being finalized;
  • the vehicle is intended for use on public streets, roads, and highways; 
  • the vehicle has at least four functioning wheels and is highway capable (e.g., not a low-speed vehicle); and;
  • the vehicle must be registered in Nova Scotia.
Do I qualify for a used electric vehicle rebate if I lease rather than buy?
No. Only purchases of used vehicles are eligible for a rebate.
Can I purchase a used vehicle outside of Nova Scotia and still receive the rebate?
No, only used vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer within Nova Scotia are eligible for a rebate.
If I buy a used electric vehicle through a private sale, can I still get the rebate?
No, only used vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer are eligible.
If I already received a rebate for a new electric vehicle from Nova Scotia, can I still receive a rebate if I also buy a used electric vehicle in the same calendar year?

Yes, individuals can get one new vehicle rebate and one used vehicle rebate per calendar year.

How do I know if a Used EV or PHEV has already received a rebate?
You can enter the VIN into our Used VIN look-up tool (available here) to check whether that VIN has already been rebated. Please note that you must enter the VIN accurately, and if the VIN has not been claimed as a used vehicle that all other program eligibility requirements MUST be met to qualify.

E-bikes

What kinds of e-bikes are eligible for the rebate?

The e-bike rebate will apply to any year, make or model of e-bike, so long as it meets the following criteria:

  • the e-bike retails for at least $1,200, inclusive of sales and discounts, but exclusive of taxes and delivery fees; and can not exceed $10,000;
  • the electric motor must be 500 watts or less and be capable of propelling the cycle no faster than 32 km/h on level ground without pedaling;
  • the motor must disengage when the operator: (a) stops pedaling, or (b) releases the accelerator or (c) applies a brake;
  • the motor cannot be gas- or diesel-powered;
  • the e-bike must have pedals; it must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling; and;
  • the vehicle must meet any other conditions in the Motor Vehicle Act and regulations (R.S., c. 293, s. 1).
    The e-bike must be purchased new from a retailer with a physical storefront in Nova Scotia (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores).

E-bikes ordered from third-party, online retailers or marketplaces such as Amazon, Alibaba.com, Best Buy Marketplace, Walmart Marketplace, etc. or individual private sellers are not eligible for a rebate.

What is an e-bike?

An electric bicycle (e-bike) is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor that can be used to assist propulsion. E-bikes must have functioning pedals and can be operated solely on human power or with varying degrees of assistance from the electric motor.

Can I purchase an e-bike outside of Nova Scotia?

Only e-bikes purchased from retailers with a physical storefront located in Nova Scotia are eligible for a rebate (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores), these can be made in person or online and are inclusive of both independent retailers and big box stores. An e-bike purchased from a store or online store without a physical storefront in nova scotia will not qualify. E-bikes ordered from third-party, online retailers or marketplaces such as Amazon, Alibaba.com, Best Buy Marketplace, Walmart Marketplace, etc. or individual private sellers are not eligible for a rebate.

Can I purchase my e-bike from a Costco warehouse or Costco.ca online?

Yes. Purchases made both in store at Nova Scotia based Costco warehouse and online from Costco.ca are eligible. Online purchases must include the shipping address on the receipt. If the e-bike was purchased at a Costco warehouse the receipt must show the address being in Nova Scotia. 

Are e-bike conversion kits and accessories eligible for the rebate?
No, only e-bikes are eligible.
Can I get a rebate for electric motorcycles, or mopeds?
No, e-bikes are distinct from electric mopeds, and motorcycles because they have pedals and can be operated solely under human power. Electric mopeds, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles are not eligible for the e-bike rebate.
If a bike has a conversion kit installed before it is sold, is it eligible for a rebate?
No, e-bikes must be manufactured as being electric bicycles to qualify. Standard bicycles with a conversion kit installed are not eligible.
Do leased e-bikes qualify for the rebate?
No. Only purchased e-bikes are eligible.
Can I get a rebate for electric tricycles?

Yes, both e-bikes and electric tricycles (AKA, e-trikes) are eligible for rebates, they must meet the same guidelines as e-bikes:

  • the e-bike retails for at least $1,200, inclusive of sales and discounts, but exclusive of taxes and delivery fees;
  • the electric motor must be 500 watts or less and be capable of propelling the cycle no faster than 32 km/h on level ground without pedaling;
  • the motor must disengage when the operator: (a) stops pedaling, or (b) releases the accelerator or (c) applies a brake;
  • the motor cannot be gas- or diesel-powered;
  • the e-bike must have pedals; it must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling; and;
  • the vehicle must meet any other conditions in the Motor Vehicle Act and regulations (R.S., c. 293, s. 1).

In addition, adaptive e-cycles with other configurations (e.g., more than 3 wheels) may also be eligible for rebates. Please contact the Program Administrator for assistance in vetting eligibility. For ease of reference, where e-bikes are referred to, the term includes e-trikes and other eligible configurations as well.

If I have made a deposit already but have not made final payment, and have not yet received my e-bike, am I eligible?

No, the e-bike must be paid in full to receive the rebate.

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