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Starting in January of 2012, Québec, Canada will offer rebates of up to C$8,000 ($8,358 U.S. at the current exchange rate) for the purchase of plug-in vehicles. Last week, Quebec's prime minister, Jean Charest, unveiled an incentive plan that calls for rebates to be offered on a sliding scale. This means that electric vehicles with high-capacity battery packs will be eligible for the full C$8,000, while low-range electrics and plug-in hybrids will qualify for reduced incentives. Get the details in this PDF.

The provincial government aims to have 300,000 plug-in vehicles on roads across Quebec by 2020. If that aggressive target is met, then the province expects to realize a reduction in CO2 emissions of nearly 900,000 tons. The rebate program kicks off on January 2012 and will continue until the $50 million ($52.3m U.S.) set aside for the program runs out.

Here's a factoid for you: ninety-three percent of Quebec's electricity comes from hydropower. That makes the use of electric vehicles within the province about as clean as it gets. Right?




[Source: Government of Quebec (PDF), Treehugger]


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      harlanx6
      • 1 Month Ago
      Just grab that "free" money! LOL.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Jean Charest is the Premier of Quebec, not the Prime Minister. Canada has a Prime Minister, provinces have Premiers. Like calling the Governor of California the President.
        • 1 Month Ago
        There is no translation in french for Premier. So here in Quebec, we say «Premier Ministre» for the leader of our province also.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Wow, it is nice to see one of the Provinces taking a big step towards influencing the sale of alternative fueled vehicles. At the University of Waterloo we are researching what types of things influence the government to invest in the promotion of green technologies, with a focus on alternative fueled vehicles. We are also building a Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle as a part of the EcoCAR Challenge.

      To find out more visit our website at: www.uwaft.com
      • 1 Month Ago
      Time for the other provinces, Ontario and BC specifically, to step up.

      It's ridiculous that Quebec is progressing so far ahead while in BC has nothing but a marketing plan. All talk no action.
        • 1 Month Ago
        Ontario already has an EV rebate of $8500 Cdn, but it is only for the first 2000 vehicles if I remember correctly.

        Also an EV in Quebec should be desirable because they have some of the cheapest electrical power around thanks to the deal they got on Churchhill Falls and other Hydro projects.
        • 1 Month Ago
        Actually, BC has a "marketing" plan *and* a "taxation" plan. I don't think they intend to defray the up-front costs of buying an EV, but they sure encourage it by taxing gas to $1.36 a litre (Or $5.15 USD per US gallon) .

        You could call this a more fiscally-responsible way of encouraging EV use. But a lot of people just whine about the cost of gas instead. Of course, we won't have any alternative to gas until sometime near the end of the year.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Wow that's quite nice, almost as much as China (c. 9 139 USD) and California/Colorado? (7 500 + 5 000 USD).
      • 1 Month Ago
      Some rights (97%Quebec hydro car power) have environmental wrongs that are potentially subsidized($8,358. U.S.) though other "deals" that generate alternative revenue streams within the same country. Try the Alberta tar sands TransCanada proposal of the Keystone XL 36" pipeline to run 1,700 mi. to the Texas refineries in 2013. There are already 65 square miles of toxic holding ponds and other losses to the boreal forest. With spills and leaks and down stream watersheds already impacted, lets see if Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will come off the fence and actually oppose more of this continued stip mining. When you cut CO2 emissions from one activity and increase the same emissions elsewhere, by at least 82% compared to conventional crude production and leave a wasteland, you are still coming up empty. http://www.nrdc.org/energy/images/tarsands_1.jpg
      • 1 Month Ago
      Yes! I've always believed that Quebec should be the world capital of EVs. That cheap clean electricity is a real advantage.

      Hydro-Quebec is government owned, so basically the government would save tons of money just running their own truck fleet on electricity.

      Range will be a problem since people here love to travel long distance on weekends. Therefore, the government will have to provide a network of charging stations if they really want that many electric cars on the road.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Month Ago
      "That makes the use of electric vehicles within the province about as clean as it gets. Right?"

      Hydropower requires a dam, which is made out of a lot of dam concrete. It creates a big dam lake and changes the whole dam river, messing up the whole dam ecosystem. If it ruptures, you've got a dam catastrophy.
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        Meh, I figured you were joking after that much daming.
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        Bit of a stretch there, but run with it. In the grand scheme of things, it's "dam" cleaner than coal-fired...
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        Remember that almost anything used to generate electricity uses a decent amount of concrete as a foundation so when all is said and done I'd bet a dam comes way ahead in the CO2 department. Also, consider that the dams provide nearly all the electricity needed in Quebec so it's a lot cleaner in the grand scheme than coal (or anything else, really).

        I wish the U.S. would do a higher rebate (Yes, I know some states do additional rebates but mine doesn't) as C$8000 is currently $8364 according to XE.com. If the rebate is still around when Model S comes out that's almost a "free" 230-mile upgrade.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        Even those dam beavers can be trouble.

        http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/dammed.asp
        BipDBo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        Whay so dam serious?
        No sense of dam humor?
        BipDBo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @BipDBo
        Someone can't take a dam joke.
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