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Ontario Rebate to Cover 50 Pct of Charge Station Costs

Starting Jan. 1, 2013, the government will cover 50 per cent of the total purchase and installation cost of installing a 240-volt charging station at their home or workplace, up to a rebate limit of $1,000

Published: 06-Dec-2012

The Ontario government increased public support for electric vehicles this week, with its announcement of a rebate on EV charging stations for consumers or businesses of up to $1,000.

Starting Jan. 1, 2013, the government will cover 50 per cent of the total purchase and installation cost of installing a 240-volt charging station at their home or workplace, up to a rebate limit of $1,000, whichever is lower. The program is aimed at homeowners and businesses who received a provincial electric vehicle rebate and have installed or are planning to install an electric vehicle charging station, or to help potential plug-in car buyers interested in low or zero local emissions vehicles, but reticent about the extra upfront costs involved.

These EVSEs (electric vehicle supply equipment) are highly recommended in Canada for battery electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV by auto makers and fellow BEV owners, but there is still no manufacturer or government requirement to buy a charging station along with a plug-in car. However, it does significantly reduce charge times, by 50 per cent or more, and therefore increases any plug-in’s usability and electric-only run times.

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