Ontario To Offer Charging Stations Rebate

The Canadian province of Ontario is taking a step to facilitate electric vehicles ownership.

The province wants to help electric car owners install charging stations at their homes and businesses to encourage sustainable transportation and fight climate change.

Beginning in January 2013, eligible homeowners and businesses can receive a rebate of 50 percent (to a maximum of $1,000) of the total purchase and installation cost of an electric vehicle charging station.

This new program is on top of the already established Electric Vehicles Incentive Program launched in July 2010, offering rebates between $5,000 and $8,500 toward the purchase or lease of new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicles.

The charging stations program is open to all homeowners and businesses who have received a provincial electric vehicle rebate.

“We know Ontarians are making greener choices every day” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation. “And our government is making steady progress to help people choose environmentally friendly vehicles that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help keep our air clean for generations to come.”

According to Plug’N Drive Ontario – a coalition of government, electricity companies, NGOs, researchers and automakers – the majority of electric vehicle owners do their charging at home and at night, allowing them to take advantage of time-of-use pricing during non-peak consumption periods.

“Plug’n Drive is excited about this government program” said Cara Clairman, president and CEO, Plug’n Drive Ontario. “Evidence shows that EV drivers will do about 80 percent of their charging at home. Charging at night helps drivers take advantage of time-of-use pricing and uses surplus electricity that is low-emitting and locally made. A home charging incentive removes part of the cost barrier and helps Ontario maximize the environmental and economic benefits of EVs.”

The government said full criteria and details for the rebate program will be available Jan. 1, 2013 at its Web site.