The Canadian province of Ontario soon may well be one of the best places in North America to own an electric or hybrid car. The government there, according to Autoblog Green, is set to launch on July 1 one of the most lucrative rebate programs yet that is geared towards getting people into greener forms of personal transportation.
The Ontario government said that the first 10,000 individuals, businesses, and organizations that purchase or lease a qualifying electric or hybrid car may be eligible for a rebate between $5,000 and $8,500. The government hopes to have one out of every 20 vehicles driven in Ontario to be electrically powered by 2020, and this certainly seems a good way to kick off that important goal.
As part of the initiative as well, Ontario’s government will be handing out green license plates, which would “allow drivers to use less-congested High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lanes, even if there is only one person in the vehicle.” This is on top of also allowing future access to to public recharging facilities and parking in Ontario government lots.
“We’ve made and will continue to make steady progress building the groundwork for Ontario’s electric vehicle market. The Electric Vehicle Program is also part of our Open Ontario plan – one that will keep Ontario ahead of the curve in consumer choice and the use of clean, renewable energy,” said Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, in a statement.