Ontario kicks off New Year by helping Electric Vehicle Drivers Plug-In

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Ontario High Occupancy Vehicle License Plate

Ontario ‘Green’ license plate, allowing electric vehicle owners access to HOV lanes without multiple people in the car.

The Ontario Government announced today that as of January 1st 2013 it will be offering a rebate for electric vehicle charging stations.  The rebate applies to charging stations installed at an EV owner’s home, as well as those installed for fleet use.

The rebate offered is $1000, or 50% of the total purchase and installation cost, whichever is lower.  The charging station rebate compliments an incentive already in place which offers $5000 – $8500 towards the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle. The province has a vision to see 1 in every 20 vehicles on Ontario’s roads in 2020 to be an electric vehicle.  The new charging station rebate is offered to those who have received the electric vehicle rebate as well as those who are now installing, or planning to install a charging station for home or business fleet use.

The price of a charging station can range significantly due to factors during installation.  Some of these include whether or not there is a dedicated circuit available for the charger, how far away the charging station will be located from the panel, and permits that are required.

This program is similar to charging station rebate offered this year in Quebec, which offers those installing chargers 50% or $1000 for stations installed this year. British Columbia also offers a rebate of up to $500 for individuals and significantly more for municipalities and institutions.

EV Owners are also given a ‘green’ license plate, allowing them access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes even when there is only one person in the car. According to the Ministry of Transportation, these programs are designed to reward early adopters making it easier for people to choose an electric vehicle.

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