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Budget 2017-2018

The government has modified the Drive Electric Program with Budget 2017-2018.
Consult a summary.

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

Frequently asked questions

Purchase or Lease Rebate

1. How can I find out if the vehicle I want to buy is eligible for the government rebate?

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.

2. Were the rebates modified on April 1, 2017?

Yes, since April 1, 2017, the amounts of the rebates vary according to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

For all-electric vehicles, the rebate:

  • is unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000;
  • $3 000 at the most for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is at least $75 000 but less than $125 000;
  • nil for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $125 000 or more.

For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the rebate:

  • is unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000;
  • nil for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $75 000 or more.

Moreover, the $500 rebate offered for hybrid vehicles ends starting with the 2018 model year.

Please consult the list of eligible vehicles to determine the current applicable rebate.

3. Can I get the rebate if the car dealer in my region is not a program partner?

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.

See the procedure.

4. Why do I have to provide my social insurance number?

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.

5. Why do I have to provide my email address?

The telephone number and email address allow us to communicate with the participants to obtain, if need be, additional information essential to process their application or evaluate the program in which they have participated.

6. Will the amount of financial assistance be the same throughout the duration of the program?

Since the program’s inception in January 2012, the amounts of the rebates were revised on January 1, 2013, February 1, 2014, January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017. The amounts established on April 1, 2017 will be in force until December 31, 2020.

7. Is the amount of financial assistance the same for a purchase and for a long-term lease?

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
Purchase Rebate Lease Rebate
12 to 23 month 24 to 35 month 36 to 47 month 48 month and Over
As percentage 100% 25% 50% 75% 100%

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.

8. Can I apply for a rebate on three or more all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in the same year?

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
Type
of
vehi-
cles
12 to 23 month
lease
24 to 35 month
lease
36 to 47 month
lease
48 month
lease or longer
Purchase
All electric vehicle - - 75% 100% 100%
Plug-in hybrid vehicles - - 75% 100% 100%

9. How are vehicle taxes calculated?

Applicable taxes are calculated based on the value of the vehicle before the purchase or long-term lease rebate is applied.

Charging stations

1. Can I purchase my charging station before I have my vehicle?

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.

2. Are all charging stations eligible for a rebate?

Charging stations must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the program. See the Charging station rebate section.

3. How much does it cost on average to purchase and install a charging station?

Generally speaking, it costs $1,500 for the station and its installation.

The price for a 240 volt charging station can vary between $600 and $1,300 (before taxes). Charging stations can be purchased from a dealer, a distributor, a superstore or directly from the manufacturer.

Installation costs can range from $400 to $1,100 (before taxes). These costs may be higher if you need to upgrade your electrical panel or run underground cables.

In the province of Québec, the Building Code requires all electrical work to be carried out by an electrical contractor. However, you may not need to carry out any installation work if your home is already equipped with a 240V electrical outlet that complies with current regulations

4. What information must appear on my charging station invoice?

The invoice or proof of purchase for the charging station must list the following information:

  • Date of the transaction
  • Name of the supplier or name of the supplier's company and contact information
  • Detailed description of the items included in the transaction
  • The amount for each item included in the transaction as well as the final amount of the transaction (including all applicable taxes and fees)

    If you made an online purchase, the information may be scattered throughout several documents: make sure to attach all required documents to your refund application.

5. Was the refund program modified on April 1, 2017?

Yes, it is now possible for the successive owners of a given eligible vehicle to submit a refund application for the purchase and installation of a home charging station. The applicant’s name and the address at which the charging station is installed must be different from the previous applications linked to the vehicle.

6. I bought a used electric vehicle. Can I take advantage of the refund for a charging station?

Yes, since April 1, 2017, individuals who purchase a used electric vehicle can apply for a refund for the purchase and installation of a home charging station. This applies to the owners or lessees of an all-electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid vehicle or an electric motorcycle.

The applicant’s name and the address at which the charging station is installed must be different from the previous applications linked to the vehicle.

7. There is no charging station where I work. How can I convince my employer to offer this service?

Since February 2014, companies, municipalities and organizations can receive a refund for the installation of one or several charging stations at the workplace. Companies are not required to have electric vehicles in their car fleet to take advantage of this refund. During the three years following the installation of the station, charging must be offered at no additional cost to employees who use the station to charge their personal vehicles. You can find more information about this program by reading the section on Workplace charging stations (in French only).