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July 16, 2009

Ontario’s Rebate, A Positive Development For Electric Car

Filed under: General — cyberwanderer @ 5:46 pm
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Ontario’s announcement about electric car rebate yesterday is a very positive step for pushing the use of electric car. Ontario’s Premiere McGuinty announced a $10,000 rebate toward purchase of a hybrid or electric car. Current prices of Hybrids and projected cost of electric car are about $10,000 more than current gas powered cars.  By offering $10,000 rebate, it would make electric car affordable for those who are already thinking of buying cars. I know I was turned off by approximately $10,000 extra that I have to fork out. So next time I am buying a car, I would give the hybrid and preferably electric car a serious look.

To help adaption of electric car, the government should also build infrastructure such as quick charge station. They could be build along rest stop. So traveller’s can plug in their car while stopping for lunch or for coffee at Tim Horton’s.

It’s interesting to see headline on most media focusing on negative saying it won’t work and suggesting consumer don’t need $10,000 rebate to be enticed to buy electric car. $10,000 might be cheap change for them but as a consumer I know it would make a big difference in my decision. If the price is still unaffordable after the $10,000 rebate then I won’t be bribed into buying one. It’s as simple as that. So it’s laughable when media labelled the rebate a bribe and are outraged that the government is actually doing something to promote a new technology that would reduce our reliance on oil.

Here’s a positive news about electric car infrastructure in Canada. It was featured in Vancouver Sun few days before Ontario’s announcement.

Canada may already be ‘plugged-in’ for electric cars



  1. If hybrid cars can’t make it without rebates…. you know the rest…

    In other news, I’d love 10 000$ – I would replace the ageing vehicle that I have…

    Comment by CWTF — July 16, 2009 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  2. I think the hybrids should get least they are ahead in mileage. Electric cars will be a few years yet, for better milage.

    Comment by lynne — July 16, 2009 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  3. The ZENN car starts at $17,450. This rebate is more than half of the price of the car.

    Comment by Mark — July 17, 2009 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

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