Vehicles are EVolving

Cars are EVolving

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.

Moving to a more sustainable transportation model is critical for reducing our carbon footprint. Ontario is ready for electric and hydrogen vehicles and is taking action to help people make the switch by addressing the 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. 

On March 9, 2018 the Ministry updated the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) and expanded it to include incentives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs). The new Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP), provides incentives to support the purchase of eligible electric and hydrogen vehicles, which when coupled with fuel savings, makes them a real alternative for Ontario drivers.

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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 Workplace Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (WEVCIP) provides opportunities for workplaces, building owners and building managers to install electric vehicle charging stations for their employees, promoting sustainable transportation choices and driving greater uptake of electric vehicles.

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). As of March 9, 2018, EVCIP now provides incentives for all EV owners, not just EVIP recipients. Please visit the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program page for more details.

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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.

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School Buses are EVolving - Another Climate Change Action Plan initiative that will be launched during the 2017 – 2018 school year is the Electric School Bus Pilot Program (ESB Pilot). The Pilot will help determine if ESBs can operate reliably and cost effectively across Ontario in all weather conditions. It will consider barriers to the adoption of ESBs by school bus operators, as well as the potential of ESBs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diesel pollution from student transportation.

School bus operators providing student transportation services in Ontario applied to participate in the Pilot October 2017. Successful applicants will receive funds for the purchase of an ESB and the purchase and installation of associated charging infrastructure.

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Commercial Vehicles are EVolving - The new Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP) launched on December 14, 2017 as an initiative under the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP).

The objective of the program is to reduce GHG emissions from the movement of freight and non-passenger related services by encouraging a shift towards low-carbon fuels and fuel saving devices. Successful applicants will receive incentives towards the incremental cost of an alternative fuel vehicle, as well as to support the purchase and installation of aerodynamic devices, anti-idling devices and electric refrigeration units.

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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