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Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Incentive and Charging Incentive Programs

Effective July 1, 2010, Ontario consumers are eligible for an incentive ranging from $5,000 to $8,500 towards the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle.

Download the incentive application form (PDF version ) and guide (PDF version).

What is a battery electric vehicle?

An electric car photographed at the Toronto International Autoshow

For the purposes of this program a battery electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that is powered by electricity and contains a battery to store energy. There are two main types of EVs: conventional hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and grid-connected vehicles that include plug-in hybrid battery electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Unlike HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs have larger capacity batteries that can be recharged by plugging in to the electricity grid. Only new PHEVs and BEVs are eligible for the incentive program.

Which vehicles are eligible and what is the value of the incentive?

The EV incentive program applies to new, highway capable, plug-in hybrid eligible electric vehicles (PHEVs) or battery electric vehicles (BEVs) purchased on or after July 1, 2010. The value of the incentive is based on the vehicle’s battery capacity and ranges from $5,000 for a 4 kWh battery to $8,500 for a 17kWh battery. The value of the incentive for leased vehicles is scaled to the term of the lease. Demonstrator vehicles are also eligible, subject to further conditions.

Conventional hybrids, low-speed electric vehicles, off-road vehicles, plug-in electric vehicle conversions from hybrids, petroleum-based or other vehicle types, electric motorcycles, electric bikes ("e-bikes"), and vehicles with fewer than four wheels are not eligible for the incentive.

Please consult the official list of vehicles that currently qualify for the incentive.

Who can apply for the incentive?

The EV incentive program is open to persons, businesses, municipalities, non-government organizations and non-profit groups. Applicants can receive incentives for twenty-five vehicles per calendar year. Original Equipment Manufacturers and their agents are ineligible.

Are leased vehicles eligible for the incentive?

Leased vehicles are eligible for an incentive depending on the term of the lease. To qualify for the full value of the incentive, a minimum 36-month lease term is required. For vehicles leased for shorter terms, the incentive will be applied according to the following schedule.

Term of Lease (months) Applicable Incentive for Vehicles (% of full incentive)
12 33.3%
24 66.7%
36 100%

If vehicles do not meet the specified term requirements, the incentive payment must be repaid in full.

Are there residency requirements that must be met to qualify for the incentive?

To qualify for the incentive, EVs for personal and fleet use must be registered and plated in Ontario for a minimum of 12 months.

Eligible electric vehicles purchased in another jurisdiction can qualify for the incentive only if the registration of the vehicle in Ontario is the first time the vehicle has been registered in any jurisdiction. Vehicles that have been registered in other jurisdictions prior to Ontario do not qualify for the incentive.

If vehicles do not meet the residency requirements for the specified term, the incentive payment must be repaid in full.

How do I receive my incentive?

There are two ways to receive the incentive. The automobile dealer can apply the incentive at the point-of-sale and then submit the incentive application on your behalf. Alternatively, you can purchase the vehicle at full price and apply directly for the incentive by completing the application form and submitting it to the Ontario Ministry of Revenue.

The incentive is applied to the after tax value of the vehicle. In the case of a leased vehicle, the monthly principle amount will reflect the reduced cost of the vehicle.

What is the value of the charging incentive and what is needed to get it?

An incentive of up to $1,000 or 50% of the total purchase and installation cost, whichever is lower is applied to eligible Level 2 charging stations. Proper documentation showing proof of purchase from a Canadian dealer or website, and proper installation including an electrical certificate of inspection issued by an ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) is necessary.

Anyone who received an electric vehicle incentive and installed a Level 2 charging station between July 1, 2010 and the launch of the Charging Incentive Program will be able to apply for the incentive until December 30, 2013.

For more information about the incentive program

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