To qualify for the CDN$5,000 federal incentive in Canada, electric vehicles must have six seats or fewer, along with a base-model trim manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $45,000.
Greg Layson reports that the Ford Mustang Mach-E does qualify for provincial rebates in British Columbia and Quebec, where owners can receive $3,000 and $8,000, respectively.
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The 480-kilometre-range crossover, offered in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, is Ford’s answer to Tesla, General Motors and others that beat it to market with a long-range EV. It will be built in Mexico, at the automaker’s Cuautitlan assembly plant that used to manufacture the Fiesta sedan.
The Mustang Mach-E’s all-wheel-drive system is proving popular with customers in Canada, where the automaker says close to 90 per cent of reservations include the option.
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The government of Québec unveiled its 2020-2021 provincial budget Tuesday, which will commit $6.7 billion of funding over the next six years to a number of initiatives designed to combat the climate crisis and encourage the continued electrification of transportation.
The new funding, $322 million of which will be spent in 2020, constitutes part of the province’s “plan for a green economy” (PGE). According to Québec’s Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, the PGE is designed to reduce Québec’s greenhouse gas emissions by 37.5 per cent below the level they were at in 1990 by 2030, and by 80 to 95 per cent below that level by 2050.
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The EV Discovery Day event was held March 8 at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse. It included panel presentations on how electric vehicles perform in the winter, how battery-powered cars are operated and several other topics. Local EV owners were on hand to discuss their experiences, and the Yukon government’s own electric vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Spark known as Sparky, was present.
The number of electric vehicles in Yukon is as of yet limited; the CBC reported last year that only 12 battery-electric vehicles and 105 hybrids were registered in the territory, which has an approximate population of 41,000.
Despite that fact, some public charging infrastructure is already in place, although the majority of Canada’s major charging networks remain situated primarily along the Trans-Canada Highway.
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New numbers released by Electric Mobility Canada show that a full 10 per cent of all new passenger vehicles sold in the province fall into the the ZEV category, well above the national average of 3.5 per cent. Quebec is the next closest province at seven per cent.
Al Cormier, founding president of Electric Mobility Canada, said B.C.’s unique combination of incentive programs, policies and legislation around ZEVs has been effective.
“All that has provided incentives and encouragements to buyers of vehicles in B.C., to researchers, to companies. So generally there are great conditions to promote electric vehicle sales and it’s working,” said Cormier.
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