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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”
—Kathleen Wynne
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.



Ontario is effectively doing something positive to compensate for the polluting coal fired power stations still in use and not waiting for the Federal Government to move. Many other provinces will probably follow Ontario's example shortly even when $$ is harder to find. A new tax on fossil fuels + higher registration fees on gas guzzlers could help to offset some of the cost of this program.


In the U.S. the Republicans would just scream about "higher taxes" if you tried Cap and Trade or a Carbon Tax. They would find some way to oppose an oil import fee as government interference in private enterprise.

As long as the Party of NO obstructs any and all progress, we will go no where. It amazes me how they can support big insurance and big oil while claiming to do what is right for the country. They just appeal to fears of higher gasoline prices and higher utility bills to cower people into submission.


I think you have the wrong article. This is NOT about Cap and Trade or Carbon Tax.

In general the role of government is not to modify its citizen’s beliefs, but to implement neccessary measures that can not be implemented by a free society. The common defense, enforcement of laws, assess and collect taxes, etc.

Strategic policy (independence of foreign oil) should obviously be included.

Is $70M, given to 10,000 citizens, to buy a plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle a good way to accomplish this? Will it effectively make EVs viable sooner, or is it just fun PR.

I am not sure, but it sure beats the livin’ sit out of the DOE buying thousands of Nissan Leafs for government bureaucrats.

As to Cap and Trade and Carbon Taxes -
In the U.S. many Democrats are oblivious to higher taxes or higher manufacturing costs - they have no concept that Cap and Trade and Carbon Taxes cost money, real money – well, not quite real; it is OTHER peoples money.

And most law makers understand that an oil import fee may violate international trade agreements.

As long as the democratic party ignores what the little people want, we will have unrest.

President Clinton was often criticized for drifting with the latest poll. How bad can it be to shape policy based on what the people want.

It amazes me how the administration can buy off big insurance and unions while claiming to do what is right for the country.


The USA has a $7500 rebate for PHEVs meeting certain criteria (which have been tailored to exclude e.g. Aptera and Venture Vehicles to favor GM; this should be fixed). Ontario is just doing the same.

It does make huge sense, and in the long run we'd be better off making vehicles which make foreign oil irrelevant rather than subsidizing the corn lobby.


You have to pay for the $7500 per Volt rebate somehow. The revenue side is being blocked, so how does this get paid for?
I am not a Cap and Trade fan, but a Carbon Tax and an oil import fee might be possible. As long as the revenue side is NO, we will not make progress.


We are making progress.
"DOW Kokam . . " June 21
"Hitachi Combines . . " June 21

Typical each day.


I am referring to major widespread progress, not just the announcements of a few companies, the macro is much more than the mere aggregate of the micro.


Oil import fees instead of more local/national gas taxes? Sounds good but many countries would retaliate by applying import fees on all USA products. OPEC and all oil exporters could apply equivalent oil Export fees instead. There are no international laws against Export fees. Oil producing countries would have welcomed increased revenues, Gas prices would go up without having to apply higher local taxes. A progressive Export fee of about $1/barrel/month with a ceiling of $50 to $100/barrel would do. Something like 1% of the Export fees could go to the poorer countries as a goodwill gesture and good PR. A large Oil for Food program could be very popular worldwide.


OPEC countries are part of a cartel, as I understand it that allows countries to impose a fee without WTO sanctions. This would be at the wholesale level which could allow alternatives to find a market. I would suggest a 10% fee on every imported barrel.

The OPEC countries are not paying the fee, the companies bring in the oil pay it. Exxon and Chevron would pay it and it would be passed on to the refiner which would pass it on to the wholesale fuel market. Instead of wholesale gasoline selling at $2 per gallon, it might cost $2.20 per gallon.

This would allow alternative fuels to find a market and provide the government with revenue to provide incentives for purchasing HEV/PHEV/EV and other vehicles. It would also provide revenue for fuel plants that could eventually be sold to the private sector.

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