13 February, 2017

Ontario Making Electric Vehicles More Affordable

Ontario is making it easier for people across the province to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and switch to an electric vehicle (EV) by further enhancing its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP).

Part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan, and in effect as of Jan. 1, 2017, the updated EVIP:

  • Removes the cap limiting EV incentives to 30 per cent of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)
  • Eliminates the $3,000 cap on incentives for EVs fully run on battery power and priced between $75,000 and $150,000, which enable long-range, zero-emission travel and have less environmental impact than lower priced plug-in hybrids
  • Continues to exclude EVs with an MSRP of $150,000 and above from qualifying for incentives
  • Offers incentives only on vehicles produced by automakers who are partners in Ontario's new Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP).

Ontario has established the EHVAP to help the province reach its goal that five per cent of new passenger vehicles sold or leased in the province are electric or hydrogen-powered by 2020. It brings together auto sector partners, environmental advocacy organizations and academic leaders to work alongside government to advance EV and hydrogen-powered vehicle technology and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

These initiatives are a key part of the province's strategy to make it easier for people across Ontario to use EVs and help fight climate change, which also includes:

  • A significant expansion of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure
  • Requiring all new workplaces, homes and townhouses to be "EV ready" by 2018
  • Access to High Occupancy Vehicle and High Occupancy Toll lanes for single-occupant EVs with green license plates without a fee
  • Working with Plug 'n Drive to open an electric vehicle discovery centre, which will enhance public education and dealer training on EVs.

The updated EVIP application form and program guide are now available. Applications will be reviewed retroactively for EVs purchased or leased since Jan. 1, 2017. Making electric vehicles more affordable to help fight climate change is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The province will continue to review the EVIP annually to ensure that it is an effective tool for promoting the adoption of EVs in Ontario. The next review will be conducted in the fall of 2017.
  • EVIP and EHVAP are part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.
  • Ontario is supporting publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure across the province with up to $100 million over five years.
  • EVIP provides incentives of $6,000 to $14,000 to support the purchase or lease of eligible battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program provides up to an additional $1,000 to EVIP recipients toward the purchase and installation of fast-charging equipment for the home or workplace.
  • There are currently over 9,000 electric vehicles registered in Ontario.

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