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Ontario electric vehicle drivers to get $1,000 incentive

The program is open to all homeowners and businesses who have received a provincial electric vehicle rebate.


TORONTO—Electric car owners in Ontario will get some financial incentive to plug in and drive their electric cars.

Beginning in January 2013, eligible homeowners and businesses can receive a rebate of 50 per cent (to a maximum of $1,000) of the total purchase and installation cost of an electric vehicle charging station.

The program is open to all homeowners and businesses who have received a provincial electric vehicle rebate.

“A home charging incentive removes part of the cost barrier and helps Ontario maximize the environmental and economic benefits of [electric vehicles],” said Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug’n Drive Ontario, a coalition of government, electricity companies, NGOs, researchers and automakers.

Ontario launched its Electric Vehicles Incentive Program in July 2010, offering rebates between $5,000 and $8,500 toward the purchase or lease of new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicles.

The province is also supporting the production of the RAV4 EV through an investment in Toyota’s Project Green Light, helping to protect 6,500 jobs and thousands of supplier jobs throughout the province.

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