The Drive Electric program took effect January 1, 2012. Individuals who acquired an eligible vehicle before that date must check with Revenu Québec to find out if they are eligible for a tax credit.
See the list of vehicles eligible for the rebate on the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. This list is based on information provided by auto manufacturers and is updated regularly.
If your car dealer does not offer to immediately deduct the rebate from the price of your vehicle, you will have to fill out the application form yourself. You have six months from the date your vehicle is registered to submit your application to the Québec government.
See the procedure.
Your social insurance number will be used to produce an RL-27 slip (“government payments”). Revenu Québec requires that the Ministry provide this document when paying a subsidy. The law also requires that individuals provide their social insurance number when a slip must be issued in their name.
Your telephone number and email address are optional and will be used to contact you to evaluate the program.
Financial assistance is offered on a sliding scale. Amounts vary according to the year in which the vehicle was acquired. The vehicle registration date is considered the date of possession.
The rebate amount depends on the number of months on the lease.
For example, if a participant chooses a vehicle eligible for a $7,000 purchase rebate and opts for a 24-month long-term lease, he or she will get a $3,500 rebate. Long-term leases of 48 months and over are eligible for the same rebate as a purchase.
|Eligible Vehicles||Rebate amounts in Dollars - 2012|
|Purchase Rebate||Lease Rebate|
|12 to 23 month||24 to 35 month||36 to 47 month||48 month and Over|
This rule applies if you acquire one or two vehicles in the same year. If you expect to acquire three or more vehicles, see the following question.
If you plan on applying for a rebate on three or more vehicles in the same year, each vehicle must be leased for at least 36 months to be eligible for a rebate.
|Rebate on Three or More Vehicles in the Same Year|
Rebate as a Percentage
|12 to 23 month
|24 to 35 month
|36 to 47 month
lease or longer
|All electric vehicle||-||-||75%||100%||100%|
|Plug-in hybrid vehicle||-||-||75%||100%||100%|
|Low-speed electric vehicle||25%||50$||75%||100%||100%|
Applicable taxes are calculated based on the value of the vehicle before the purchase or long-term lease rebate is applied.
You can buy and install an eligible charging station before you take possession of your vehicle, but you must wait until you take possession of the vehicle before submitting your rebate application to the program manager. You must submit your application within six months of purchasing the charging station.
Individuals who purchase a home charging station have six months from the time they purchase the station to apply for the rebate.