Manitoba ”will not include a per vehicle consumer incentive”
To this date, Ontario and Québec are the only two provinces in Canada to offer incentives for electric vehicle. British Columbia stopped its own program on February 14, 2014. Based on this, I started a research on other provinces’ programs with Manitoba.
In April 2011, Manitoba launched an Electric Vehicle Road Map that will help the province adopt electric and hybrid vehicles, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and take advantage of the economic opportunities of electric transportation. “The road map outlines the opportunity to reduce Manitoba’s dependency on imported fossil fuel and helps showcase the significant economic opportunities available to the province as it pioneers the development, testing and use of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles,” said the Honourable Dave Chomiak, Minister of Innovative, Energy and Mines.
Chomiak is now Minister of Resources and the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation is the Honourable Steve Ashton.
Manitoba’s Electric Vehicle Road Map, included 1 – Plug-in partnerships with automakers, electric technology providers, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba companies and academic institutions; 2 – Electric Vehicle Advisory Committee to provide recommendations to government on the best ways to prepare for, and speed adoption of, electric and hybrid-vehicles; and 3 – Electric Vehicle Learning and Demonstrating Centre to help demonstrate various electric and plug-in electric vehicles and associated recharging equipment that will soon be commercially available to Manitobans.
This EV Road Map included partnerships with Nissan Canada and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. Both manufacturers and the province signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) ”to identify opportunities to encourage the use of zero-emission vehicles. As part of the agreement, the partners will work together to further advance the potential that could come from the existing battery charging network within the province, and will discuss possible incentives for EV infrastructure providers and EV users. All parties also agree on the importance of public education activities to promote the use of EVs and that regulatory changes may also help achieve success. In addition, the MOU paves the way for the province and Manitoba Hydro to test the Nissan Leaf in Manitoba’s unique climatic conditions.” Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada participated with two of their i-Miev electric vehicle.
In February 2012, two years ago, the Electric Vehicle Advisory Committee published the final report. The report recommends 18 ”actions for accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles in Manitoba and capturing opportunities associated with this evolution in the automotive-propulsion landscape are grouped under five core statements of purpose, as presented below :
– Objective: To enhance Manitobans’ awareness and knowledge relating to electric vehicles ;
– Objective: To increase consumer demand for electric vehicles in Manitoba ;
– Objective: To ensure infrastructure in Manitoba meets EV-related requirements ;
– Objective: To capture economic opportunities in Manitoba relating to electric transportation ;
– Objective: To facilitate skills and knowledge upgrading in Manitoba relating to EV technologies.”
In June 2012, the government published a News Release about this report.
“Our government endorses the report of the committee and has already begun to implement some of the recommendations,” said Chomiak. “We created the Electric Vehicle Technology and Education Centre (EV-TEC) at Red River College, we have engaged electric vehicle manufacturers in plug-in partnerships that help ensure many of the latest makes and models of all-electric vehicles are available in Manitoba, and we are well into the development of an all-electric transit bus with industry partners. Moving forward, we will provide incentives for the installation of Level 2 charging infrastructure and work with stakeholders to address the recommendations made by the committee.”
The minister noted the province’s plan to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles will not include a per vehicle consumer incentive, adding Manitoba’s low-cost electricity will offset some of the higher costs associated with purchasing these vehicles.
I will keep researching about Manitoba’s Road Map.
Anybody knows if indeed Manitoba provides incentives for the installation of Level 2 charging infrastructure ?