Government of Ontario, Canada Providing Rebates Up to C$8,500 for Plug-in Hybrid or Battery Electric Vehicles
Ontario, Canada individuals, businesses, and organizations that purchase or lease a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle after 1 July 2010 may be eligible for a rebate between C$5,000 and C$8,500 (US$4,900-8,300). Rebates will only be made available to the first 10,000 applicants who qualify.
|“We’ve made and will continue to make steady progress building the groundwork for Ontario’s electric vehicle market. The Electric Vehicle Program is also part of our Open Ontario plan—one that will keep Ontario ahead of the curve in consumer choice and the use of clean, renewable energy”|
Minister of Transportation
Since 2006, the province has also provided more than $24 million in rebates for more than 14,000 conventional hybrid vehicles through its Alternative Fuel RST Rebate Program.
The government envisions having one out of every 20 vehicles (5%) driven in Ontario to be electrically powered by 2020. Other measures to support clean and cost-effective battery electric vehicles include:
- Green licence plates, that would allow drivers to use less-congested High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lanes, even if there is only one person in the vehicle.
- Future access to public recharging facilities and parking at GO stations and other Ontario government lots.
Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario to 6% below 1990 levels by 2014, and to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020.