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The transportation sector accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than iron, steel, cement and chemical industries combined.

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.

To achieve this goal, the Province will need to reduce emissions from vehicles on the road today, and undertake actions to promote the adoption of zero and low emitting vehicles now and in the future.

The Transportation Section of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020 is intended to help Ontario become a North American leader in the deployment of low-carbon and zero-emission transportation. The Action Plan establishes a province-wide electric and hydrogen passenger vehicle sales goal of five per cent in 2020. To help achieve this goal, MTO is pursuing actions to make EVs more affordable, build a network of public fast-charging stations and increase awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles.

Moving to a more sustainable transportation model is critical for reducing our carbon footprint. Ontario is ready for electric vehicles and is taking action to help people make the switch by address the three key barriers to EV adoption through the following initiatives:

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Price Premium - There is a price premium for electric vehicles compared to conventional gas-powered vehicles. 

The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, provides incentives to support the purchase of eligible electric vehicles, which when coupled with fuel savings, makes electric vehicles a real alternative for Ontario drivers.

The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program has been modernized with updated incentive values for eligible EVs and additional incentives for vehicles with a greater capacity to carpool. This will help make EVs more affordable to Ontarians.

Please note that as of January 1, 2017, changes have been made to the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. Please visit the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program webpage for more detail.

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Range Anxiety - A network of optimally distributed public fast-charging stations that enable EV drivers to travel between and within cities across the Province will help build confidence that EVs are a real choice for Ontarians. The Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) program promotes the use of EVs for inter- and in-city travel by supporting the construction of fast-charging infrastructure.

The EVCO program further encourage Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and keeping our air clean.

The Province is also continuing to provide incentives for the purchase and installation of charging stations for personal/private use, under the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP).

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Education and Awareness - While electric vehicles have been available in Ontario since 2010, Ontarians are just starting to embrace the technology. Educating Ontarians and increasing their awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles and the programs to support their adoption is another way the Province is working to get more low- and zero-emissions vehicles on the road.

The above initiatives, being led by the Ministry of Transportation, are in addition to several Climate Change Action Plan initiatives that are being led by other ministries across government to support the adoption of electric vehicles, which include:

  • An Electric Vehicle Overnight Charging Program (Ministry of Energy).
  • A Vehicle Replacement Program (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change)
  • EV-ready new and existing homes, multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces (Ministries of Municipal Affairs and Government and Consumer Services).
  • Electric and Hydrogen Advancement Partnership (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change).
  • A Plug’n Drive EV Showcase (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change)
  • EV charging stations at government properties (Ministry of Infrastructure).

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