Time for a New Car? Go Electric!


Changing our reliance on gas-powered vehicles is one of the most significant climate actions one can make in their daily life. In Ottawa, transportation makes up a startling 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. However, electric vehicles (EV) that produce zero carbon emissions are becoming increasingly efficient, cost-effective and viable as an alternative.

EVs have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine, and a battery instead of a gasoline tank. In addition to zero carbon emissions, this has the added benefit of making electric vehicles safer and lighter than gas-powered cars. Quieter too! Electric vehicles can be charged at home, or at any number of public charging stations.

Do you have range anxiety? – The Province of Ontario will invest more than $22 million in 2017-2018 for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the province. This will greatly expand the reach of the charging station network, making electric vehicles a more viable option for more people. Plus, Ottawa already has a growing network of stations. Scroll to the bottom of the page for maps!

Is price a barrier? – Until the year 2020, the province will offer a $14,000 rebate for the purchase or lease of an EV, including a $1,000 rebate for the purchase/installation of a home charging station. This will lower the entry cost of EVs for many people.

Which vehicles receive the full rebate? – Currently, the vehicles that are eligible for the full $14,000 rebate are the Fiat-Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Focus EV, GM Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai IONIQ, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model X and Model S. Click here for a full list of eligible vehicles under the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP).

Where do I sign up!Click here for detailed information on EVIP, including the application form and guide.

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Map data courtesy of Plugshare.