Ontario to Offer up to $10,000 in Incentives for Plug-In Hybrids and Battery Electric Cars


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Also Green License Plates that Allow Access to HOV Lanes
The government of Ontario is announcing some pretty substantial incentives for EVs today. Premier Dalton McGuinty said that people who purchase a plug-in hybrid or battery electric car after July 1st of next year will receive rebates of between $4,000 and $10,000.

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"They tell me when they roll the first of these off the assembly line, they're going to be expensive relative to the conventional care powered by an internal combustion engine," McGuinty told reporters from a General Motors dealership in Toronto.

"Well, we want to help people buy those first cars; we want to help the early movers."

"Our overall target is a pretty ambitious one," he said. "By 2020, we want one out of every 20 cars on the road in Ontario to be an electric vehicle."

But the incentive won't be monetary only. People who purchase a plug-in hybrid or battery electric car in Ontario after July 1st, 2010, will also get a special green license plate that will allow them to drive in the carpool lane even if there's only one person in the car. This privilege will be valid at least until 2015.

They're having an online poll to pick the design of the green license plate (though it is a non-binding poll). You can vote here.

The province will also buy 500 electric vehicles for its Ontario Public Service fleet, and will install charging stations at government building parking lots.

Via CTV, Globe and Mail
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