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EV 101: Here’s what Ontario parties are promising on electric vehicles

By Michael Bettencourt Wheels.ca

May 30, 2022 3 min. read

Article was updated a month ago

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Each of the four main political parties running in the June 2 Ontario election have made electric vehicle ownership and the introduction of charging stations part of their platforms. These policies were also mentioned during the recently televised leader’s debate on May 16. Here is a quick look at what each of those four parties is promising voters when it comes of EV rebates and charging infrastructure.

Progressive Conservatives: While leader Doug Ford has not promised to re-introduce the EV rebates he eliminated when he was elected premier, he has reversed course of the removal of public charging stations that occurred just after he took office in 2018. Ford has pledged $91 million to increase EV charging stations, including in rural communities. He has also pledged some funding for low-carbon hydrogen production.

The party’s platform was laid out in its pre-election budget, which was released in late April but not passed by the provincial legislature before it was dissolved. More information on the platform can be found here.

Liberals: Leader Steven Del Duca has pledged to re-introduce a provincial rebate of $8,000 on the purchase or lease of any eligible new EVs and will offer $1,500 to help owners install charging equipment. Eligibility would be based on the same parameters recently announced for the federal EV rebate, which offers up to $5,000 on all battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids that offer more than 50 kilometres of range and cost less than $60,000. This re-instated provincial incentive would be in addition to the federal rebates, and place Ontario in line in six other provinces or territories.

Further details on the Ontario Liberals plans for EVs can be found here, along with links to the rest of the party’s platform.

NDP: Leader Andrea Horwath is offering an EV rebate of up to $10,000 for zero emissions vehicles “excluding luxury vehicles” and “with a particular focus on those made in Ontario.” This could mean that only the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan receives the full $10,000 pledge at first, since it’s the only plug-in consumer vehicle currently made in the province, or the rebate will apply right away to a variety of EV models currently available. The party has also pledged to build a network of charging stations across Ontario.

More details on the incentives, and the party’s entire platform, is available here.

Green Party: Leader Mike Schreiner has pledged up to $10,000 for zero emissions vehicles and provided the most detailed EV policies of any of the political parties. It has vowed to implement a “feebate” system, which will fund the EV rebates through fees placed on purchases of the most polluting vehicles. It has pledged to make those rebates available in 2022, and up to $5,000 in rebates available for plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as rebates on used EVs of $1,000.

The party has also pledged $800 million over four years to increase public charging stations and for home installations, and to amend the building codes to require new homes be prepared for EV charging.

The Green Party’s EV policies can be seen here.

Michael Bettencourt bought his first EV in late 2011 and has followed the Canadian EV scene ever since. Follow him on Twitter @MCBet10court

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