Ontario Making Electric Vehicles More Affordable

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Ontario is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by introducing a new, modernized Electric Vehicle Incentive Program that will help reduce greenhouse gas pollution and make it easier for Ontarians to switch to an electric vehicle (EV).

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today at WaterPark Place in Toronto. Helping Ontarians shift to low- or zero-emissions vehicles is vital to achieving Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

“With a growing population and expanding urban regions, transportation emissions pose one of our province’s greatest challenges in achieving our ambitious greenhouse gas pollution reduction targets. By making it easier for people to switch to an electric vehicle, we are taking an important step in our fight against climate change while ensuring our province remains productive and efficient.” said, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

The province’s first Electric Vehicle Incentive Program was launched in 2010. Through this program, incentives were provided for the purchase of 4,800 electric vehicles and about 1,100 home chargers. The new, modernized program will:

Increase the current incentive range for EVs from $5,000 – $8,500 to $6,000 – $10,000
Provide an opportunity to receive an additional $3,000 incentive for vehicles with larger battery capacities .

Provide an additional $1,000 incentive for vehicles with five or more seats
Continue to provide incentives linked to battery capacity of more than 5 kilowatt-hours
Cap incentives for vehicles priced between $75,000 and $150,000 at $3,000
Provide up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of chargers for home and business use.

“We are working hard to continue our support for green technology because the benefits of doing this are clear. Providing better incentives for electric vehicles will help consumers and businesses make the transition to more sustainable vehicles, and keep Ontario at the forefront of the clean, green economy.” said,  Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

Today’s initiative builds on the December 2015 announcement that an additional $20 million from Ontario’s Green Investment Fund will go toward creating a network of fast-charging public EV charging stations to support city-to-city and in-city EV travel across the provinc e. Ontario’s Green Investment Fund is a $325-million down payment on the province’s cap and trade program to strengthen the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fighting climate change while supporting economic growth, efficiency and productivity is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Transportation in Ontario is the single-largest emitting sector in our economy. Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement and chemicals combined.

Currently, there are about 5,800 EVs in the province.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I haven’t driven an EV, but I regularly drive a Hybrid. Hybrids are much more suitable for this region, with long distances to travel over hilly terrain, and no charging stations to be found. With fuel efficiency in the 40-50 mpg range, there should be no issue of being stranded anywhere.
    I am concerned as to how to dispose of the battery once it has reached the end of its useful life, as well as the cost of replacing it. (Perhaps the secret is to sell the vehicle before that becomes necessary?)

  2. They take too long to charge and don’t go far enough on that charge, especially in hill country, there are very few places to recharge on the road which will leave you stranded.
    The ridiculous cost to replace the batteries is enough to make you forget the idea altogether.

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