The Canadian federal government published details on incentives that it intends to introduce to zero-emission vehicle buyers nationwide on 17 April.
Incentives worth USD 2,500 and USD 5,000, depending on the range of the vehicle, will be collected from the pool of USD 300 million in three years, reported Transport Canada in a press release, and apply for a list of new vehicles purchased or leased on May 1 or later, 2019.
The issue also lists new targets for zero-emission vehicles for the country, "10 percent of new light vehicle sales" by 2025; 30 percent by 2030; and 100 percent by 2040.
"To get incentives, the vehicle must have a suggested retail price for the manufacturer of the base model [MSRP] less than $ 45,000 for passenger cars with six or fewer seats and less than $ 55,000 for vehicles with seven or more seats, the ministry explained.
"For qualified vehicles with six or more smaller seating positions, more expensive versions (trimmers) are eligible, provided that the suggested retail price of the final manufacturer is $ 55,000 or less", and for vehicles with seven or more seats – slats with a price of up to 60 000 USD will qualify.
Vehicles may still qualify, even if "delivery, freight and other charges, such as vehicle color and accessories" shift the sales price above these limits.
This added window means that much more vehicles are eligible than the critics assumed for the first time when the $ 45,000 threshold was first announced, including DrivingOwn David Booth, who noticed that the price was too low to do a lot of good.
The rebate will be USD 5,000 for "electric accumulators, hydrogen fuel cells or longer plug-in hybrid vehicles" with a range of 50 km or more per charge; and $ 2,500 for "lower-grade hybrid vehicles" with a range below that distance.
The list of eligible vehicles currently includes around 27 models and finishes, including models
- Audi A3 e-tron;
- Chevrolet Bolt and Volt;
- Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid;
- Ford Fusion Energi and Focus Electric;
- Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid;
- Hyundai Ioniq, Kona and Sonata EV and hybrids;
- Kia Niro, Optima and Soul EVs and hybrids;
- Mini Cooper Countryman plug-in hybrid;
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV;
- Nissan Leaf Plus;
- Toyota Prius Prime;
- VW e-Golf; and
- smart fortwo.
"We work with Canadians across the country to support practical and affordable solutions in the fight against climate change," said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
"The transport sector is crucial to the Canadian economy – but it also accounts for one quarter of our emissions. Making sure that Canadians have access to options to get where they need to go in a cleaner, cheaper and faster way will protect our environment and develop our economy. "
The new federal program will also finance the further development of electric vehicle charging stations.
The incentive program was implemented under the 2019 budget and is still subject to approval by Parliament.