Why buy an electric vehicle?
If you’re thinking about buying an electric vehicle, you’re not alone. About 60% of Canadians have said they’re interested in buying an electric vehicle, and with good reason:
- Electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Electric vehicles can significantly reduce your fuel costs
Battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric?
There are two types of electric vehicles on the market — battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) — and each has its benefits:
- BEVs produce no carbon dioxide or other emissions during operation
- PHEVs are emissions-free only when operating in electric mode, but they may have a greater driving range
Many models have enough battery range to meet your daily driving needs when charged overnight.
Electric vehicles are more affordable than ever before
With a wide range of models and price points, buying an electric vehicle has never been easier. For 2017, there are over 30 BEV and PHEV models available in Canada.
If you live in Ontario, Quebec or British Columbia, your provincial government has financial incentives to encourage you to buy or lease an electric vehicle. Check out the programs available:
- Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program
- Quebec Electric Vehicle and Recharging Rebates
- Clean Energy Vehicles for British Columbia
Go farther in electric vehicles
The Government of Canada is expanding electric vehicle infrastructure across the country, working toward establishing a coast-to-coast recharging network.
With more public charging stations available, it will be easier and more convenient to recharge your electric vehicle. You’ll also be able to drive longer distances knowing that a reliable recharging network will meet your charging needs.
Contributing to Canada’s low carbon future
The Government of Canada’s electric vehicle commitment
The Government of Canada is committed to developing a national strategy by 2018 to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on Canadian roads. Current commitments include:
- $62.5 million to support electric vehicle and alternative fuel infrastructure (Budget 2016), including:
- $16.4 million to establish more than 80 new electric vehicle charging units, as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along key transportation corridors
- $46.1 million to support demonstration projects that are expected to result in the installation of more than 200 next-generation electric vehicle charging stations
- $120 million to deploy infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and refuelling stations for alternative fuel such as natural gas and hydrogen, as well as to support technology demonstration projects and codes and standards development (Budget 2017)
Find out about the electric vehicle infrastructure projects by the successful applicants to NRCan’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.
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