Ontario, Canada Shooting For 5% EV Share Of All New Vehicles Sold By 2020

MAY 25 2016 BY MARK KANE 31

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

Categories: General

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

31 Comments on "Ontario, Canada Shooting For 5% EV Share Of All New Vehicles Sold By 2020"

newest oldest most voted

too conservative. 2020 25%+ would make more sense.

Actually, their policy and your number are what make ZERO sense. We live in a real world, not some type of an Eden on earth.

For Ontario that is a high number.

Even Bullwinkle moose is Green Now ! If Tesla Gets that model 3 Right!., I will be in like Flint!…IT’S ABOUT TIME !!!

That sounds incredibly aggressive… We’re in mid-2016, so “by 2020” is just 3 years away…

For the Ontarians in the audience: Is such a large outlay of public money at all realistic, esp. at such short notice?

I can see the “green” motivation — acc. to this
the electricity generation mix is already 90% clean (nuclear, hysro & wind), and the rest is virtually all natural gas (*). No coal whatsoever.
That means that cars are the obvious next target…

(*)rest is solar & biomass, but they’re negligible.

We’ve been coal-free for years.
Even before that, though, very heavy on hydro and nuclear.
The coal capacity has basically been replaced entirely by renewables.

Our rates have gone through the roof, though.

But 3 American years is 5 Canadian years. 🙂

There is so much semi-truck traffic over the Michigan-Canada bridges, I wonder if they could pass a law that only allows in trucks that are “green”, or you pay $XX.

An equally cold country call Norway will have 100% before 2020!

But will Ontario politics support this? That’s the issue here.
Recall that Norway had very high taxation on vehicles before EVs existed, and AFAIK that was accepted by the public & all major political parties.

In Norway, EVs don’t get subsidies, they are simply exempted from the various import and annual taxes that apply to ICE cars.

That’s much more palatable politically than a direct government outlay of billions.

The provincial Liberals will not be in power long enough to implement a lot of these measures unless they are propped up by the NDP.Even that may not be enough!

The Canadian insurance industry is freaking out about the Fort McMurray fire and has official called for government policy to address climate change issues. They said they could not anticipate such a destructive fire.

The climate scientists did.


All the more reason for Canada to switch off the oil industry!

The wife and I have already moved to fully EV vehicles. Wife drives the Soul EV and I usually get the ‘S unless we swap. Got 17,000 back from the Ontario government and 1,000 for the charging station. Too bad we didn’t wait – we could’ve gotten two Model 3s and gotten 29,000 in return!

Model S is capped at $3000 each. You did well

Model 3 is probably a (fully optioned) 60,000 car. Cap starts taking effect at 70,000. We could’ve gotten the full 28,000 but oh well.

Things that would push EV’ sales in Canada.
Legislate EV chargers installed at all fuel stations.
Vehicle pricing par with ICE Counterparts.
Standardize charger adapters. One type for all vehicles.
Get rid of sub 100 mile cars.

Bring on the 200 mile EVs…

Hi Ian,

Actually chargers are mostly a non issue. Most chargers are L2 and hence feature the J1772 plug found on every modern EV.

In Ontario we are about to put chargers at many rest stops along the highway but I think you’ll agree that most folks want to charge at home for most trips. Id say the biggest issue is with respect to condos and apartments who have little appetite to add charging facilities. Changing the building codes and legislation supporting charger installation would be more effective IMO.

And yes, larger kWh packs are important since we drive long distances and have a need to keep the heat on

The fastest way to accelerate the installation of EV chargers for new construction is to use the municipal zoning bylaws (Off Street Parking Section) not the building code. The Zoning code method links the requirement for chargers to land use and avoids charger requirements where they are not needed (gas stations, 7/11s and all other short stay locations

l live west of Ottawa and talk from experience. I’ve owned my leaf for over 2 years and froze more than once driving my EV. A trip to Ottawa (a 2 hr drive took 2 days) and driving in -40C with no heater- just a blanket and heated seats and fan to keep the windshield from frosting over as well as borrowing a friends truck to go home to wait for my car to charge and having to charge at another dealer to get to mine. I chose to buy an EV and suffer in the dark days of EVs. Charging is far from good yet in Ontario. I have no problem sleeping in a tent in -40C but having to drive my $42 000 car without heat or knowing that I will not make it to the next charger is not something the average penny pinching Canadian will pay for. the install of level 2 charging at gas stations would kickstart EV adoption. People would have the security that they could pull up at any station anytime and be able to charge. Better yet give Tim Hortons a grant for at least 2 level 2 chargers per store. That… Read more »

Coodos for being an early EV adopter.
Every new internal combustion car sale is another nail in the biosphere’s coffin. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.

I have been driving my 2015 Kia Soul EV since July last year and have logged over 25,000km. I will not buy another ICE, unless I have to. Money will always be a consideration of course but I think the key things we need for mass adoption are: 1) Bigger battery packs, we drive a lot and it’s unreasonable for the auto industry to tell us we drive less than we do. I can pick up 150 km of range during optimal conditions, but with -30 it drops to 90 km without the heat on. 90 km to wait 5 hours to charge is not acceptable. 2) Fast charging stations. And standardized. If I can’t go from Toronto to Ottawa in a day. That’s not acceptable. For work I often have to go to “remote” (read: suburban) locations and I can’t tell them that I need to take a 3-4 hour break to charge up on my way back from site. 3) Availability at the dealers. When I bought my Kia I wanted custom options and they told me if I wanted any options or the upgraded model I would have to wait an undisclosed amount of time. The dealer… Read more »

Congratulations for being an early adopter of EV technology. I live on west coast and also have a Soul EV and yes I had to wait 12 months for mine.
I heard about EV owners in Ontario and wondered how they could cope with the lack of Level 2 and Level 3 charging infrastructure and colder conditions combined with traffic jams on the 400 series’ highways.
Due to your commitment and the commitment of thousands of others, longer range and less expensive EVs are on the way.

As far as dealers go I couldn’t be happier with the mitsubishi dealer I got the imiev from, he sat down with me and went through all the numbers and benefits as well as any drawbacks, I now want even more battery and faster charging so I can use it more, as much as the imiev gets bashed I can honestly say that I have no regret as a commuter car,the dealer was Peterborough mitsubishi and the salesman was Matt Parr, p.s. Matt is constantly keeping me updated on the outlander phev to replace another ice!

More power to them, but unless they institute draconian measures like Norway has, I don’t see government incentives making that much difference in what percentage of new cars sold are EVs.

Government incentives are a good way to encourage auto makers to make and sell EVs. But EV sales will only really take off when new car buyers in general perceive them as being, overall, as good or better than similarly priced gasmobiles.

I think we’re still several years away from that, altho the Tesla Model ≡ may come close!

Congratulations to Ontario for taking the lead from BC.
Although BC currently has more EVs and EV infrastructure, they have fallen behind on incentives, carbon taxes to discourage gas car sales,access to all the makes and models of EVs available for sale and dealers still refuse to sell them.

Alberta’s Environment Minister (Shannon Philips) just tabled ‘BILL 20’ – CLIMATE LEADERSHIP ACT – starting January 2017 phases out coal by 2030, CARBON LEVY (not a tax) on all emitters transferred to clean energy producers as a RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDIT. So far no direct incentives for EV’s although the CARBON LEVY will add about $0.07/liter ($0.25/gal) to gasoline & diesel which will act as a disincentive for ICE’s. I applaud Alberta’s new NDP gov’t for their courage in sticking to the CLIMATE LEADERSHIP PLAN they campaigned on but just wish Albertans had something similar to Norway (an OPEC country) for EV’s. I’m an Albertan born & raised and formerly worked in the oil industry but after me and my family contracted asthma and severe respiratory problems I’ve been advocating to LEAVE THE COAL, OIL & GAS IN THE GROUND!

Yay, go Ontario!
I am fully behind all of this, I own a Volt and a Leaf and installed solar panels on the roof.
It should work out unless we go Conservative provincially. However the new Conservative leader seems to be too much on the right on many issues. So, I am hopeful.

THe government of Ontario has no clue. yes, it sounds like a great thing on paper, but you ask an average and educated Ontarian what ticks him off … and you will hear … a) Ontarian Liberal Government, and their frequent hand outs … b) Highest electricity prices in North America So, yes we are clean, but we are paying for it dearly, and I mean really dearly. They scammed us with time shift rates, making everyone believe that we will save somehow, where opposite is true for most people. The government is running a large deficit (it’s a variation of your “great” government of California) and our Ministry of Transportation and Environment are clueless. So, that’s how their great latest dream came out to be …. They just live in fairy land. Sadly they will destroy our car manufacturing sector, and effect already weak manufacturing jobs etc. It’s a one thing to make populist and flashy announcement, it’s altogether something else to make coherent and realistic goal. This one is definitely not. GTA is the only Ontario region with some hope for EV penetration … rest is doomed, because people earn typically less and prefer less expensive vehicles their… Read more »

Dear MXS,
I question your opinion that the gov’t is clueless. I find this childishly partisan.

It would be nice to know why our gov’t is making such decisions. Is it because they want to prod our carmakers into local EV production?
Is it because Ontario’s economy has been suffering from Dutch Disease during the last Albertan oil boom, and thus hopes to prevent another boom in order to save itself?
It is because they truly see the writing on the wall due to Climate Change?
It is because they want to prod rurals to defect from the grid, thereby scaring the heck out of Hydro unions & their solid grip on electricity prices?
Is it because they’re trying to prevent the building of costly new peaker plants or nuclear plants?

We live in a specialist’s world; I wish the media would quit being specialized in journalism, and start hiring more educated people from other economic sectors. Our media does a poor job in asking such questions.