How to Save Money on Car Insurance for Electric Cars?

2 cars plugged in to charging stations
Feb 28

If you’re currently driving, or planning to drive an electric vehicle in B.C., we might be able to save you money on your car insurance. No gas and cheaper insurance? That would be the best of both worlds. See if you qualify for any of the discounts in this article.

Electric Vehicles That May Qualify for Auto Insurance Savings

Not every electric car is the same, but depending on the kind of electric vehicle that you own as well as the current insurance you have for it, we might be able to help you a few dollars a month. Higher-end electric vehicles like Tesla tend to be much more expensive, but mid-range electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Spark, etc. are often more affordable to buy privately. If you own one of these amazing vehicles, definitely talk to us about getting a quote today.

Nissan Leaf photo of rear of car

ICBC Insurance vs. Private Insurance for Electric Vehicles

If you are currently using ICBC to insure your electric vehicle, and if your electric car is like those mid-range models mentioned earlier, you may want to look into what our private auto insurance may be able to offer. Chances are pretty high that you might be able to save some hard-earned cash on your insurance by going private.



Get An HOV Sticker To Drive More Freely

If you didn’t know already, electric cars qualify for “HOV lane stickers”. With one of these stuck to your car, you gain the legal right to drive in those coveted HOV lanes. You’ll also get access to normally restricted diamond lanes which are usually reserved for buses, taxis, and now electric vehicles! All you have to do is complete an HOV/EV permit application form.

HOV Electric Vehicle Sticker

“Electric vehicles (EVs) displaying an official decal are allowed in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in British Columbia regardless of the number of passengers in the car, unless a sign is posted indicating otherwise.”

Vehicles Eligible for HOV Stickers in BC:

  • Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV)
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)
  • Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREV)

*Read the full list of eligible vehicles.

Diagrams of ECar Legal HOV Lanes


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