Ontario’s electric vehicles plan revs up


Sandra Pupatello,
Minister of Economic
Development & Trade,
Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — March 4, 2011 – Ontario’s vision to have one out of 20 vehicles to be electrically powered by 2020 is moving forward with eight charging stations now up and running in Ontario in partnership with the company Better Place.

Better Place also opened an electric car demonstration and education centre in Toronto to help get more electric cars running on the province’s roads and highways. For every 10,000 electric vehicles on the road, it is estimated there will be 40,000 tonnes less of CO2 polluting the air annually, which is like taking 8,500 gasoline-fuelled cars off the road.

The province is also offering incentives to encourage Ontarians to purchase plug-in cars. Rebates starting from $5,000 up to $8,500 are available to those who purchased plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles after July 1, 2010. And green licence plates are now available to drivers of such electric vehicles to use carpool lanes, even if there is only one person in the vehicle.

“By demonstrating leadership in the adoption of electric vehicles, Ontario is positioned to capture the research and production jobs as the plan gains momentum,” said Sandra Pupatello
minister of Economic Development and Trade. “It’s about taking a long term view for the clean jobs of tomorrow for our families.”