The government of Ontario (Canada) is targeting a vehicle parc with one out of every 20 vehicles (5%) having electric drive by the year 2020 (“1 in 20 by 2020”).
Ontario (Canada) Premier Dalton McGuinty announced several measures in support of that goal, including rebates of between C$4,000 and C$10,000 (US$3,575 to US$8,938) for plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles purchased after 1 July 2010, based on the vehicle’s battery capacity. The high-end of the rebate would be the highest in Canada and amongst the highest in the world.
|“Electric vehicles are the way to go in Ontario. This plan helps get more people behind the wheel of a green vehicle to create jobs, reduce smog and equip Ontario for the 21st century.”|
Premier of Ontario.
The government will also provide Green Vehicle Licence Plates for plug-in vehicles. The green plate will enable drivers to use Ontario’s High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for a limited time (5 years starting 2010), even if there is just one person in the vehicle. Vehicles with green plates will also be allowed access to public recharging facilities at select Ontario government and GO Transit parking lots. The University of Toronto and private companies such as Walmart Canada will designate priority parking spots for vehicles with green plates.
The provincial government will also integration electric vehicles into the Ontario Public Service (OPS) vehicle fleet. Twenty per cent of eligible new Ontario Public Sector passenger vehicle purchases will be electric by 2020.
Ontario intends to build infrastructure for charging electric vehicles through a combination of private sector companies and Ontario’s existing electricity utilities. The government will ensure recharging capacity is integrated in parking facilities owned by the Ontario government and GO Transit parking facilities for public to use. Ontario is also working with the private sector and electricity organizations to develop business models for recharging facilities that will work within Ontario’s regulated electricity market.
In January, Better Place entered a partnership with the government of Ontario to help bring an electric car network to the province and create a model for the adoption of electric cars in Canada. (Earlier post.)