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Ford Focus EV "mule" - Click above for high-res image gallery

The premier of the Canadian province of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, reportedly plans to announce a major incentive program for plug-in vehicles today in Toronto. Ontario has already given several billion dollars to General Motors and Chrysler and wants to help boost the industry further to try and recoup some of its "investment." To that end, McGuinty plans to offer tax incentives of up to $10,000 toward the purchase of plug-in vehicles.

No details are available yet, but the plan would likely be similar to a U.S. program, with graduated incentives of up to $7,500 depending on the capacity of the battery. A wide array of plug-ins are expected to arrive over the next several years, including the Chevrolet Volt, Ford's Transit Connect and Focus based EVs, Toyota's PHEV Prius and Nissan's EV, among others. McGuinty will reportedly also pledge to have at least 20 percent of the province's vehicle fleet be plug-ins by 2020. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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[Source: CTV]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, more of our tax dollars being spent with zero input from the public.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, those people that want smaller, more efficient cars should buy them with their money. Not stolen money that the government gives away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zero input? The customer has been saying for years that they want smaller more fuel efficient cars... An incentive to get what you want is at your feet. I don't see anything wrong with that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am happy to see Mr. McGuinty's green credentials on display. Combined with a tax harmonization initiative, which would drive people out of the city of Toronto further into suburbia, it is nice to know that those 10,000s extra miles that those who work in Toronto will have to travel each year due to the great taxation plan will be traveled in greener cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great and all, but what about winter where it gets below 30C here ? So anybody interested in saving 5 grand on a Volt or any other EV?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what the incentives will be for a Tesla Model S?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess some people still don't realize that this is not free money. This money is yours and mine (if you live in Ontario in this case) being given away to buy cars...

      I'm sure this government could think of something better to do with it. Then again, maybe it can't.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is awesome! Great way to ensure we will get these promised Electric Vehicles here in Canada. The Volt might be a bit pricey for my needs but a Focus or Prius plug in would be nice. As long as the batteries are capable of holding a charge in the winter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well the Volt is perfect (if a bit expensive) for me. I drive less than 40 miles per day.

        No more gasoline, how'd ya like that, foreign nations that want to destroy our way of life ?? Hurts, don't it ?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Volt, here I come !!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        by the time you actually can get the volt... you'll have several other choices of electric powertrains, hybrids, etc that will cost less, look better and perform better.
        look at the timing of Ford's electrification strategy for the next Focus and transit (and others)... i just have a hard time getting excited about the volt when it's already failed to live up to any of the hype originally promised.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK. Hybrid Fusion. Great car.

      How come Ford doesn't have a Hybrid Focus sedan?

        • 5 Years Ago
        "How come Ford doesn't have a Hybrid Focus sedan?"

        Judging by the picture and the text that reads, "A wide array of plug-ins are expected to arrive over the next several years, including ...Focus based EVs...", I'd say they're working on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably because the cost of the hybrid powertrain would price the car out of its own target market.
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