Renault Twizy in Canada

Renault Twizy in Canada

Interesting new actions have been put in place by the Ontario government according to the Globe and Mail, who obtained a copy of the (currently confidential) Climate Change Action Plan for 2017-2021.

"The Globe had previously uncovered details of the plan, but this is the first time the full blueprint has been revealed. The strategy is scheduled to be further reviewed by cabinet ministers and fine-tuned, sources said, with public release slated for June."

Ontario intends to spend more than C$7 billion ($5.4 billion) on various initiatives, including electric vehicle promotion.

The ultimate goal is to boost electric cars to a market share of:

  • 5% by 2020
  • 12% by 2025

"The electric vehicle targets represent a sea change for the province’s $16-billion auto sector. The 2025 goal would boost to about 86,000 the number of annual electric vehicle sales, more than 20 times the number of electric vehicles sold in the province so far this century."

Incentives to buy an electric car can reach has high as C$14,000 (over $10,800) in Ontario, plus up to C$1,000 ($775) for charging point installation. As a province, Ontario would like to build more charging infrastructure and launch incentives to encourage purchases of electric school buses.

Here are highlights of provisional action to make EVs more popular (all amounts in C$):

  • $285-million for electric vehicle incentives. These include a rebate of up to $14,000 for every electric vehicle purchased; up to $1,000 to install home charging; taking the provincial portion of the HST off electric vehicle sales; an extra subsidy program for low– and moderate-income households to get older cars off the road and replace them with electric; and free overnight electricity for charging electric vehicles. The province will also build more charging stations at government buildings, including LCBO outlets, and consider making electrical vehicle plug-ins mandatory on all new buildings. The plan sets targets of expanding electric vehicle sales to 5 per cent of all vehicles sold by 2020, up to 12 per cent by 2025, and aiming to get an electric or hybrid vehicle in every multivehicle driveway by 2024, a total of about 1.7 million cars.
  • $280-million to help school boards buy electric buses and trucking companies switch to lower-carbon trucks, including by building more liquid natural gas fuelling stations.
  • $375-million for research and development into new clean technologies, including $140-million for a Global Centre for Low-Carbon Mobility at an Ontario university or college to develop electric and other low-carbon vehicle technology.

source: The Globe and Mail via Green Car Congress

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