Province making it easier to buy electric vehicles
Ontario’s target is to become a world leader in building and driving electric cars.
The McGuinty government aims to have one out of every 20 vehicles driven in Ontario to be electrically powered by 2020. This would put Ontarians into cleaner, more efficient vehicles, and expand the electric vehicle market for manufacturers.
•Rebates of between $4,000 and $10,000 for plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles purchased after July 1, 2010.
•Green vehicle licence plates that would allow drivers to: Use less-congested High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lanes, even if there is only one person in the vehicle, as well as access public charging facilities and parking at Ontario government and GO Transit lots.
Ontario will also add 500 electric vehicles to the Ontario Public Service fleet.
Expanding the use of electric vehicles by consumers and government will help create and sustain jobs in the auto sector and put Ontario at the forefront of the new, green economy in North America.
“Electric vehicles are the way to go in Ontario. This plan helps get more people behind the wheel of a green vehicle to create jobs, reduce smog and equip Ontario for the 21st century,” said Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty.
“The automotive sector is helping to build a greener economy by developing and producing electric vehicles. Our plan to help consumers buy green vehicles will benefit our economy and improve our environment,” said Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley.
Electric vehicles reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants, greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change and dependency on oil.
Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario to six percent below 1990 levels by 2014, and to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Starting yesterday the people of Ontario can vote on the design of the new green licence plates.