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EV sales
follow the
rebates

There's a direct correlation
between provincial incentives
and moving metal over the curb

* MAY 2018

EV INCENTIVES
Government support varies
between provinces.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Clean Energy Vehicles for
B.C. program provides point-ofsale incentives on eligible vehicles
of up to:
The Ontario government has
pledged to do away with HST on
zero-emissions vehicles as part
of its 2016 Climate Change
Action Plan. P H O T O : B L O O M B E R G

he could live in a world without incenbut that's still significant growth,"
tives, but doesn't want to.
Adams said, adding that "manufacD I G I TA L A N D M O B I L E E D I T O R
"We're a little bit spoiled in
turers are cognizant of the fact" that
Ontario. We have a generous governQuebec has a quota mandate. But he
ment subsidy. Government assistance
doesn't think it will flip the sales numAUTOMAKERS AND NEW-VEHICLE
really does play a huge role in the
bers back into Quebec's favour.
dealers insist that government incenaggressive pricing and the attraction
"It's public knowledge that some
tives - and not sales quotas - are
to electric vehicles. If that ever goes
manufacturers adopted the approach
the way to increase the adoption elecaway, we're going to have to cross our
that when they launch a vehicle, they
tric and hybrid vehicles in Canada.
fingers and hope our manumake it only available in
So much so that they want customers
facturer would come up with
Quebec first," Adams said.
to have access to even more money to
a substitution for that."
"But I'm not sure you're
buy them.
As part of calculated rollgoing to see that dramatically
Only Ontario, Quebec and British
out that took advantage of
change this year just because
Column offer government incentives.
provincial incentives, GM
Quebec now has a zero-emisThey range in value, from $3,000 in
sold 2,122 Bolt EVs in Canada
sions-vehicle mandate."
Quebec to a maximum of $14,000 in
in 2017. It was the top-selling
Toyota, for example, decidOntario. Quebec law also mandates 3.5
EV in Canada in 2017.
ed to debut its Prius Prime
per cent of an automaker's total sales
"What we're seeing is
plug-in hybrid and Mirai fuelin that province be zero-emission
that there is very significant
cell EV in Quebec. But, the
vehicles.
David Adams,
demand for electric vehicles," president of
decision to do so pre-dated
Electric vehicles accounted for less
said David Adams, president
the provincial ZEV mandate,
than two per cent of total new-vehicle
the Global
of the Global Automakers of
said Vice-President Stephen
sales in Canada in 2017.
Automakers
Canada.
Beatty.
Incentives are key to helping the
of Canada,
The national industry
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi
Government of Ontario reach its tarsays a cashassociation represents the
Canada started in B.C., rolling
get of having EVs account for five per
for-clunkers
Canadian interests of 15 auto- program could out the Outlander PHEV from
cent of sales by 2020.
makers. It advocates for pubwest to east.
increase
"If the [Ontario] government wants
EV sales.
lic policy to support the auto
The Bolt was only availto boost sales at this point in time,
market in Canada.
able in B.C., Ontario and
FILE PHOTO
then incentives are one necessary
Quebec. And the Volkswagen
component to help increase consum'SIGNIFICANT GROWTH'
e-Golf was initially available in the
er demand," said Frank Notte, spokessame three provinces and Manitoba.
man for the Trillium Automobile
According to EV-sales-tracking
Canadian VW dealers had to opt in to
Dealers Association, which represents
company FleetCarma, 7,477 electric
the e-Golf program to sell them.
more than 1,000 new-vehicle dealers in
vehicles and plug-in hybrids were sold
All vehicle-availability decisions
the province.
in Ontario in 2017. That compared
hinged on the incentives.
The federal government is currentwith 7,194 sold in Quebec, followed by
ly writing a national zero-emission-ve3,270 in British Columbia.
SALES-TAX-FREE ZEVS?
hicle strategy.
For the first time, Ontario in 2017
Adams said he and automakers
sold more electric vehicles than
'WE'RE SPOILED' WITH INCENTIVES
would like to see even more incenQuebec. Ontario's sales increased 120
tives. He said the provinces and the
per cent from 2016 while Quebec's
Joey Neault, the new-vehicle
federal government should remove
were up 44 per cent.
department manager at Myers Orleans
their respective share of taxes from
"Granted, that's small volumes ...
Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Ottawa, said
the purchase of a ZEV.
"The idea of eliminating the HST
[Harmonized Sales Tax] from these
vehicles makes good sense. The federal government, for whatever [reason],
hasn't been willing to consider that. To
JOEY NEAULT, THE NEW2018 - with the additional volme, it seems like a no-brainer."
vehicle department manager at
ume available in early 2019," GM
Adams has met with provincial and
Myers Orleans Chevrolet Buick
Canada spokeswoman Masha
federal officials to discuss the idea.
GMC in Ottawa, said
Marinkovic said.
Meanwhile, the governing Ontario
his dealership sells
"I can't wait. I just
Liberals still have time before the
about 60 electric
can't keep these vehiJune 7 election to fulfill two key promvehicles a year.
cles in stock," Neault
ises they made to help increase the
"I could do more
said.
number of EVs sold in the province.
if I had more," he
"The store actually
Ontario's 2016 Climate Change
said. "If you give me
purchased a Bolt, so
Action Plan calls for the HST to be
100 Bolts, I'm selling
the customer service
removed on all ZEVs sold in the prov100 Bolts."
shuttle for our service
ince. It also promised a "cash-forChevrolet dealers are
He might get
department is actuclunkers" rebate to low- and moderselling every Bolt they
his wish. General
ally a Bolt," he said.
ate-income households that will help
can get. P H O T O : C H E V R O L E T "We're using that on
Motors CEO Mary
them replace old cars with new or
Barra said in March
the sales side, as well.
used EVs, or plug-in hybrids.
the automaker will increase proSo any customer interested in the
"Those are two things we continue
duction of the Chevrolet Bolt EV
vehicle can test drive our shuttle.
to
support,"
Adams said. "Most people
later this year to meet rising global
"To have one here is a great
are driving clunkers not because they
demand.
tool. We're the only one in the city
want to but because they can't afford
"The announced production
- maybe the country - to have
a new vehicle, even with a significant
increase will occur at the end of
one on the lot." - ANC
discount. That's the reality; EVs are
still expensive." - ANC
By GREG LAYSON

Sales manager: Bolts in short supply

* $6,000 for the purchase or lease of
a hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle
* $5,000 for the purchase or lease of
a new battery-electric vehicle
* $2,500-$5,000 for the purchase or
lease of a plug-in hybrid vehicle
* 75 per cent of costs, up to $750,
for the purchase and installation
of a Level 2 (208v/240v) charging
station for residential use at single-family homes and duplexes
* 75 per cent of costs, up to $4,000,
for the purchase and installation of
a Level 2 (208v/240v) charging station for residential use at multi-unit
residential buildings
* 50 per cent of costs, up to $5,000,
for the purchase and installation of
a Level 2 (208v/240v) charging station for use at workplaces

ONTARIO

The Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle
Incentive Program in Ontario provides up to a maximum of $14,000
per eligible EV using the following
formulas:
* Incentives based on a vehicle's
electric range, starting at $5,000
for some plug-in hybrids to a maximum incentive value of $14,000 on
certain fully electric vehicles
* Up to $1,000 to help purchase and
install charging stations for home
or business use

QUEBEC

The following incentives are
available under Quebec's
Transportation Electrification
Action Plan:
* $3,000 to $8,000 on all electric
vehicles based on MSRP
* Up to $8,000 on plug-in hybrid
vehicles (varies by MSRP)
* $3,000 to $8,000 on all hydrogen-powered vehicles based on
MSRP
* $500 for hybrid vehicles from the
2017 or earlier model years
* $350 for the purchase of an eligible
charging station
* $250 for the installation of the
charging station and its power supply infrastructure.
* Quebec also requires that 3.5 per
cent of an automaker's Quebec
sales be zero-emission vehicles

MANITOBA

Under the Power Smart
Residential Loans program in
Manitoba:
* Up to $3,000 per home electric-vehicle charger, including installation



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