Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro3
EV Buyers In Canada Getting Big Incentives
July 1st, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
While electric car sales are steadily rising here in the U.S., in the colder climate of Canada, buyers have been slow to warm up to EVs. That could all change with a new round of incentives that in some areas of Canada will chop over $11,000 off the price of an electric car.
The incentives are both private and publicly funded, with the Globe and Mail reporting that Daimler’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is currently benefitting from a $3,000 dealership rebate. which can be combined with an $8,000 tax rebate from the province of Ontario. That’s more than one-third of the cost of the Smart EV, which retails at $29,900.
Meanwhile EV industry supporters are teaming up to spread charging technology. Evatran is working with Mr. Electric to distribute their wireless charging systems which are compatible with cars like the Nissan Leaf throughout the frozen north. These are some pretty hefty incentives for EV drivers, but there are still concerns regarding range anxiety in a country that spends most of the year wearing winter clothing.
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