Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP)

The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) supports the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), rewards early adopters, and helps to create market demand for new technology in Ontario by providing incentives for the purchase and/or lease of eligible EVs.

EVIP began in 2010 and, as of January 1, 2017, has been updated to further support the goals of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan by:

  • Making EVs even more affordable;
  • Incenting EVs with larger batteries and larger seating capacity; and
  • Ensuring that zero emission vehicles are more strongly supported.

These changes will serve to encourage faster EV adoption and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our transportation sector.

EVIP has the following parameters:

  • Vehicles with a battery capacity from 5 to 16 kilowatt-hours (kWh) are eligible for incentives ranging between $6,000 to $10,000 based upon the battery size of the vehicle;
  • Vehicles with a battery capacity of larger than 16kWh are also eligible for an additional $3,000 incentive;
  • Vehicles with five or more seats are also eligible for an additional $1,000 incentive;
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $75,000 to $150,000 are eligible for a maximum incentive value of $3,000;
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and PHEVS with an MSRP of $150,000 or greater are not eligible for an incentive; and,
  • Leased vehicles are eligible for an EVIP incentive. Vehicles with a 12 month lease term will receive 33% of the incentive, 24 month lease term receives 66% of the incentive and leased vehicles with a 36 month or longer term will receive the full incentive.

EVIP Detailed Information

EVIP is an application-based program that provides financial incentives to eligible applicants when they purchase or lease an eligible new EV. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) determines the incentive for each vehicle model based on its battery capacity and other defining characteristics noted above.

Only new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) approved by MTO are eligible for the EVIP. Please note the following key information:

  1. Vehicles must be on the EVIP Eligible Vehicles List to be eligible for an incentive.
  2. Used EVs and vehicles with mileage more than approved Program limits are not eligible for an incentive;
  3. Vehicle manufacturers are not eligible for an incentive. You must submit your application within three months of the date the vehicle is registered and plated.
  4. If you own the vehicle, you must keep it for 12 months from the date it is registered and plated; if you do not, you must return the incentive in full. If you lease your vehicle, you must maintain the lease for the term specified in the lease agreement and in no case can you lease the vehicle for less than 12 months.

For more information about EVIP, please refer to the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program Guide. You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

For EVIP Applicants

EVIP Application Form and Guide

You must complete and submit the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program Application Form, including all necessary supporting documents, to apply for an incentive.

If you have any questions please refer to the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program Guide. You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

You can email your completed application to the Ministry of Finance at Electric.vehicle@ontario.ca or by fax to (905) 433- 5939. Please note due to the high volume of applications one access point may be busy – if so please try the other. In addition, please ensure that your application is complete, all required signatures provided and all necessary documents attached – processing of uncomplete applications is delayed until all required information is provided.

Vehicles Eligible for EVIP

To confirm if your EV is eligible for EVIP and the amount of the incentive for which it qualifies, please refer to the EVIP Eligible Vehicles List.

Please note that EVs with an MSRP over $150,000 are not eligible for an EVIP incentive.

For Automotive Manufacturers

EVIP New Eligible Vehicle Form

If you are an (Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and you wish to have your vehicles become eligible for an EVIP incentive, you must complete and submit the EVIP New Eligible Vehicle Form for consideration.

EVIP Extended Mileage Demonstrator Vehicle Application Form

Demonstrator vehicles in EVIP are vehicles that have less than 2,000 km at the point of sale and registration. A demonstrator vehicle can only be used for customer test drive. It cannot have been used for personal or other business purposes by the dealership or its employees/management.

However, if you are a dealer and you wish have a demonstrator vehicle with mileage between 2,000km and 15,000 km on the odometer be eligible for an incentive, you must complete and submit the EVIP Extended Mileage Demo Application Form prior to the vehicle having 2,000 km on the odometer. A dealer must also complete the EVIP Extended Mileage Demo Log as the vehicle is being used and provide it to the purchaser/lessee. The log must be submitted as supporting documentation when applying for an incentive.

If the demonstrator vehicle has less than 2,000 km on the odometer when it is bought or leased, this form does not have to be completed.

Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP)

Automobile manufacturers must join the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP) to be eligible to offer incentives for the purchase or lease of eligible electric vehicles through the Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP). The EHVAP brings together the automotive sector, environmental advocacy organizations and academic leaders to work alongside government to advance electric and hydrogen-powered vehicle technology and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This voluntary partnership will help the province reach its goal - that five per cent of new passenger vehicles sold or leased in Ontario be electric or hydrogen-powered in 2020.

To learn more, visit EHVAP website.

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