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Ontario Liberals promise electric vehicle rebates

The provincial rebate up to $8,000 would be in addition to a federal rebate.

TORONTO — The Ontario Liberal party has rolled out another plank in its election platform, offering an incentive of up to $8,000 for buying or leasing an electric vehicle.

It would also provide a rebate up to $1,500 for charging equipment.

Liberal leader Steven Del Duca made the announcement Tuesday,  saying the incentives will advance the fight against climate change, create good-paying jobs and deliver needed pocketbook relief. 

The incentive for purchase or lease would be available for electric vehicles with an MSRP of up to $55,000 and seating six passengers or fewer, or for vehicles seating seven or more with a price of up to $60,000.

Del Duca said that in combination with an existing federal government subsidy, EV purchasers could receive rebates up to $13,000.

Last week, Premier Doug Ford announced the Progressive Conservative government's plan to make Ontario an electric vehicle manufacturing hub, but he turned down the prospect of reinstating provincial EV rebates that were halted in 2018.

Ford said he didn't believe in giving "millionaires" rebates on Tesla cars costing over $100,000.

At a news conference Tuesday, Del Duca accused the Premier of being "missing in action" in the fight against climate change for the past four years.

The NDP and Green Party have also committed to incentives for electric-vehicle purchasers.



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