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The Québec economic plan - changes to the drive electric program

The contents of this website has been updated to reflect all of the changes.

March 28, 2017

The government has modified the Drive Electric Program following the tabling of The Québec Economic Plan of March 28, 2017 in conjunction with Budget 2017-2018.

Here are the changes to the Drive Electric Program:

1. Adjustment of the vehicle rebate according to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Starting on April 1, 2017, the amount of the rebate for fully electric vehicles will be:

  • unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is below $75 000;
  • not more than $3 000 for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is at least $75 000 but less than $125 000;
  • no rebate for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $125 000 or more.

Starting on April 1, 2017, the amount of the rebate for rechargeable hybrid vehicles will be:

  • unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is below $75 000;
  • no rebate for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $75 000 or more.

2. Elimination of the rebate for hybrid vehicles

  • Starting with 2018 models, the rebate for conventional hybrid vehicles will end.
  • Assistance will still be granted to acquire a new conventional hybrid vehicle for model year 2017 and earlier model years.

3. Addition of a rebate for the purchase and installation of a home charging station

Starting on April 1, 2017, a rebate is available to all purchasers of used electric vehicles for a charging station even if the previous owner already benefited from a rebate at a different address.

4. New types of eligible vehicles

Starting on April 1, 2017, a rebate is offered for fuel cell vehicles, commonly called “hydrogen-powered vehicles” ($8 000) and low-speed electric motorcycles ($500).

5. Addition of a rebate for used fully electric vehicles (pilot project)

Starting on April 1, 2017, a rebate is offered for the first 1 000 applicants who have purchased eligible used fully electric vehicles.

The maximum rebate offered under the pilot project is $4 000, i.e. 50% of the assistance granted in respect of the same electric vehicle if it was new.

The vehicles targeted must comply with several criteria and the terms and conditions will be specified later.

Summary table

The table in the PDF summarizes the key changes except for the rebate for used fully electric vehicles (pilot project).

To obtain additional information, please consult The Québec Economic Plan of March 2017, pages B.250 and following.

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