Ontario Government Initiating EV Charging Equipment Incentive Program

The provincial government in Ontario is rolling out an incentive program in January that offers businesses and individuals rebates of 50% (capped at $1,000) of the total purchase and installation cost of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The program is open to fleets and homeowners who have already received a provincial EV rebate. 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.

‘Evidence shows that EV drivers will do about 80 percent of their charging at home,’ says Cara Clairman, president and CEO of Plug'n Drive Ontario. ‘Charging at night helps drivers take advantage of time-of-use pricing and uses surplus electricity that is low-emitting and locally made. A home charging incentive removes part of the cost barrier and helps Ontario maximize the environmental and economic benefits of EVs.’

Complete program details will be available Jan. 1 at ontario.ca/electricvehicles.

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