Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EVHIP)

Accelerating the shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles will be crucial if Ontario is to achieve its climate change goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to 15% below 1990 levels in 2020, 37% in 2030 and 80% in 2050.

The Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP) supports the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) by providing incentives for the purchase and/or lease of eligible EVs and HFCVs.

On March 9, 2018, the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) became the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program, with the following changes:

  • Incentives of up to $14,000 will be provided for eligible hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs);
  • Incentives for eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are now determined based on each vehicle’s all-electric range and seating capacity. The updated incentives vary from $5,000 to $14,000;
  • Incentives will no longer be provided for PHEVs or BEVs with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $75,000 or more; and
  • Incentives will no longer be provided for PHEVs or BEVs leased for less than three years.

Please consult the EHVIP Eligible Vehicle and Incentives List for a detailed listing of updated incentive values as of March 9, 2018. Note that incentives will be provided under the previous EVIP program for EVs ordered prior to March 9, 2018, provided that the EV is delivered and the application is submitted by September 7, 2018.

For more detailed information about EHVIP and program requirements, please refer to the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program Guide. Please note that updated forms and guides will be available on March 12, 2018.

Also on March 9, 2018, eligibility for the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP) was expanded to include all registered EV owners who have not previously received an EVCIP incentive for their current EV.

Incentive Amounts: EHVIP has the following parameters:

As of March 9, 2018, EHVIP provides the following incentives for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) less than $75,000 :

  • $3,000 to $10,000 based on the EV’s all-electric range; plus
  • $2,000 to $7,000 based on the EV’s seating capacity;

Up to a maximum of $14,000 per eligible EV.

In addition, EHVIP provides a $14,000 incentive for any eligible hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (HFCV) purchased or leased in Ontario.

For exact incentive amounts for each eligible vehicle, please consult the Eligible Vehicles List.

Changes to Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP)

Ownership and Registration Requirements

Vehicles (owned or leased) must be kept registered and plated in the applicant’s name, insured and operating in Ontario for at least 12 months (365 days) from the date of registration and plating. EHVIP incentive recipients must keep the vehicle registered and plated in their name (must be the same as on the application form) in Ontario, as well as insured, roadworthy and located in Ontario for the entire residency period or they must repay the incentive in full.

For leased vehicles, the lease term must be a minimum of 36 months. They must be kept registered and plated in the applicant’s name, insured and operating in Ontario for at least 12 months (365 days) from the date of registration and plating.

Detailed Information

EHVIP is an application-based eligibility program that provides financial incentives to eligible applicants when they purchase or lease an eligible new EV or HFCV. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) bases the incentive for each vehicle model on its all-electric range and seating capacity.

Only new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) approved by MTO and displayed on the EHVIP Eligible Vehicles List are eligible for the EHVIP. Please note:

  • Used vehicles and demo vehicles with mileage higher than EHVIP standards are not eligible for an incentive;
  • Vehicle manufacturers, and vehicles used by them/their employees, are not eligible for an incentive.

The application must be submitted within three months (90 days) of the date the vehicle is registered and plated.

For more information, please refer to the Program Guide and Frequently Asked Questions. Please note that updated forms and guides will be available on March 12, 2018.

Information For Applicants

Eligible Vehicles

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

Please note that EVs with an MSRP of $75,000 or more are not eligible for an EHVIP incentive. This exclusion does not apply to HFCVs.

Individual and Business EHVIP Application Process

This applies to individuals and businesses who are applying directly for their EHVIP incentive. Dealers that did not provide a point of sale discount but are submitting such an application on behalf of an applicant must use this application process.

Applicants must complete and submit the EHVIP Individual and Business Application Form, along with all necessary supporting documents, to apply for an incentive. If all required documents are not included, or the form is not complete, processing will be suspended until the required information is provided.

For more detailed information about EHVIP and program requirements, please refer to the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program Guide for Individual and Business Applicants. Please note that updated forms and guides will be available on March 12, 2018.

Submit your completed application, along with the supporting documents, to the Ministry of Finance(MOF) at Electric.vehicle@ontario.ca.

EHVIP Application Process for Dealers that Provide a Point of Sale Discount

As of December 19, 2017, if a dealer provides a point of sale/lease discount equivalent to the full incentive value, the dealer must submit their EHVIP applications on their behalf using the new electronic dealer application process.

The dealer must enroll in the One-Key (Transfer Payment Common Registry) to establish a Transfer Payment, as well for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Once a dealer has received confirmation that enrollment is complete (within approximately 10 business days), the dealer must then access Grants Ontario to use the EHVIP dealer application system. MTO will notify dealers when the enrollment is complete. Dealers that provide a point of sale/discount must enroll in this new electronic system.

For Automotive Manufacturers

EHVIP New Eligible Vehicle Form for Automotive Manufacturers

If you are an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and you wish to have your vehicle be eligible for an EHVIP incentive, you must complete and submit the EHVIP New Eligible Vehicle Form at least 8 weeks before the vehicle will be eligible for green plates and an EHVIP incentive.

Demonstrator Vehicles

Demonstrator (demo) vehicles in EHVIP are considered to be vehicles with less than 2,000 km at the point of sale and registration, and, that were used only for customer test drive at a dealership. The vehicle cannot have been used for personal or other business purposes by the dealership; it’s employees/management or by a vehicle manufacturer for any purpose.

Demo vehicles with mileage between 2,000km and 15,000 km are considered extended mileage demonstrator vehicles. To be eligible for an incentive, the dealer must complete a vehicle log for every test drive/use between 2,000km and up to 15,000 km. This log must be submitted with the application form.

If the demo vehicle has less than 2,000 km in mileage when it is bought or leased, the demo log 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 vehicles through the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP). 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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