Ontario Liberals promise rebates for electric vehicle purchases

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Ontario Liberal Premier Doug Ford hopes to recharge his political fortunes by reviving the electric vehicle subsidies scrapped by the Progressive Conservatives.

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Steven Del Duca, the Liberal leader who runs the Chevrolet Volt, said that if his party topples Ford in the June 2 election, consumers will receive a provincial rebate of $8,000 on electric cars and $1,500 for installing charging gear.

he is above the present federal exemption Up to $5,000 per car or truck.


Del Duca said on Tuesday it would be “a victory for Ontario families.”

This is because the buyer of an eligible vehicle would receive as much as $13,000 in subsidies. (About 91 models that can cost up to $60,000, but will not top Tesla, Porsche, and Jaguar.)

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Ottawa began its program after Ford’s Tories canceled a waiver introduced by Ontario’s previous Liberal government.

While the premier, now pushing for electric vehicle production, suggested last week that he might be open to reinstating some exemptions, Environment Minister David Piccini said previous provincial incentives had mostly been “rich, mainly in GTHA”.

In contrast, Piccini said the Tories want battery makers to come to the province with “an important mineral strategy” that will attract mining investment.

“What we have seen of Premiere is creating the conditions for EV investment (by automakers) – $6 billion. I mean the fact speaks for itself,” he said.

The minister said that between the second quarter of 2020 and this year, “the number of Ontarians buying electric vehicles increased by 210 percent.”

NDP MP Gurratan Singh (Brampton East) said the New Democrats would do even more to entice consumers to switch to electric vehicles.

“Had the NDP been in government, we would have ensured that Ontario was the leader in the world with electric vehicles,” Singh said. said Singh, whose party has promised $600 per family to set up the charging station.

While N.D.P. environmental forum Promises “strong incentives” for Ontarians buying zero-emissions vehicles, “with a particular focus on vehicles made in Canada” and doesn’t spell out specific discounts, except for luxury models.

Green leader Mike Schreiner, who also runs a Volt, says a green government will offer a “feebet” plan, a means-tested way for people to buy, lease or rent electric vehicles and e-bikes. There will be encouragement.

Robert Benzie Starr is Queens Park’s bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie
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