TORONTO, July 15 The province of Ontario said
on Wednesday it would offer rebates of between C$4,000 ($3,570)
and C$10,000 for plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles
bought after July 1, 2010.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said the aim was to have
one out of every 20 vehicles driven in Canada's most populous
province to be electrically powered by 2020.
"This will be the most attractive rebate, certainly in
North America," McGuinty said at a press conference. "It may be
the most attractive rebate ... in the world."
Buyers of electric cars will also get special green license
plates that will allow them to use carpool lanes, even if there
is only one person in the vehicle, as well as access to public
charging facilities and parking at Ontario government and GO
Transit commuter lots.
The government also committed to adding 500 electric
vehicles to its public service fleet.
The size of the rebate will depend on the vehicle's battery
Toronto-based Zenn Motor Co ZNN.V, which builds electric
vehicles for use in low-speed areas, was excluded from
Ontario's rebate program because its cars have not been deemed
safe for highway use. Zenn has promised to launch a
highway-capable car by the end of 2009.
(Reporting by John McCrank; editing by Rob Wilson)