Frequently asked questions
- What are the different types of electric vehicle? Where do hybrids fit in?
- Will I have to replace my electric vehicle’s battery?
- Are electric vehicles safe?
- What vehicles are eligible for a rebate?
- Who can apply for the rebates?
- Can I get a rebate if I lease an EV?
- What happens if I do not comply with program conditions?
- Why is Ontario encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles and home charging?
- How will electric vehicles affect the flow of traffic in HOV lanes?
1. What are the different types of electric vehicle? Where do hybrids fit in?
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) on the road today can have two complementary drive systems: a gasoline engine and fuel tank; and an electric motor, battery and controls. The engine and the electric motor can turn the transmission at the same time, and the transmission then turns the wheels. HEVs cannot be recharged from the electricity grid. HEVs are not considered electric vehicles for the purposes of the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) run on an electric drive train and battery, which can be plugged into an external source of electricity to recharge. However, PHEVs have the support of an internal combustion engine that may be used to recharge the vehicle’s battery and/or to replace the electric drive train when the battery is low and more power is required.
A battery electric vehicle (BEV) runs entirely on a battery and electric drive train, without the support of a traditional internal combustion engine and must be plugged into an external source of electricity to recharge its battery.
PHEVs and BEVs are both eligible for rebates under the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. HEVs are not eligible.
2. Will I have to replace my electric vehicle's battery?
The battery packs used in electric vehicles are designed to last the life of the vehicle and typically come with an eight year or 160,000 km manufacturer’s warranty.
Replacement costs vary but are expected to be in the range of 1,000s of dollars, similar to replacing an engine.
3. Are electric vehicles safe?
Yes. All electric vehicle manufacturers must meet stringent federal safety standards. In addition, manufacturers have a strong incentive to produce safe and reliable vehicles, as their reputation and the future viability of the electric vehicle industry depend on the quality of the cars they produce. Manufacturers have spent years developing the new technologies that make these vehicles possible.
All the electric vehicles eligible for a rebate under Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Incentive Program are highway-capable and can travel at the same speed as conventional vehicles. Their acceleration is comparable to that of similar conventional vehicles.
4. What vehicles are eligible for a rebate?
New plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicles that are roadworthy and registered, plated, and insured in Ontario are eligible for rebates.
5. Who can apply for the rebates
The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program is open to persons, businesses, municipalities, and organizations for the purchase or lease of vehicles registered and plated in Ontario. Applicants are eligible for rebates to support the purchase of 25 vehicles or less per calendar year.
Direct purchases by the provincial or federal government, or their agencies and entities are not eligible for incentives. Original Equipment Manufacturers and their agents are also ineligible.
6. Can I get a rebate if I lease an electric vehicle?
Yes. To receive the full rebate, the lease term must be 36 months. For vehicles leased for shorter terms, the rebate is scaled: 33.3% of the full amount for a 12 month lease and 66.7% of the full amount for a 24 month lease.
If you shorten your lease at a later date, you will be required to return the full amount of your rebate.
7. What happens if I do not comply with the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program conditions?
Dealerships not in compliance with the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program conditions can no longer act as an agent under the program.
Applicants/registered owners not in compliance with the Electric Vehicle Incentive or Charging Incentive Program are ineligible for future incentives and may be required to return any incentive payment as a debt due to the Crown. Please review (with your agent if one is used) and understand the declarations on the application form before signing it.
8. Why is Ontario encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles and home charging?
Electric vehicles reduce harmful emissions in our communities. They also support jobs in the new and emerging green economy.
The intent of the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program is to reward early adopters and make it easier for people to buy and drive electric vehicles.
We’ve had our Electric Vehicle Incentive Program in place for about three years. The Charging Incentive Program is a critical next step in encouraging the growth of this emerging market in Ontario.
By helping Ontario drivers install home charging stations, we’re encouraging off-peak charging. These stations contribute to grid reliability, boost vehicle driving time and help ensure the proper installation of third party certified home charging stations.
9. How will electric vehicles affect the flow of traffic in HOV lanes?
It is important not to overload the capacity of the HOV lanes or reduce their primary function in managing congestion, which is why access to HOV lanes will be granted to green plated vehicles for a limited five-year window. The Ministry of Transportation will continue to monitor capacity in the HOV lanes during the program.