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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.

Lease of 48 months or more = purchase rebate.

Eligibility Requirements

Here is a summary of the conditions governing eligibility for the Drive Electric program – Drive Electric component :

  • The applicant must reside in Québec.
  • The vehicle must necessarily be acquired in Canada, initially be registered in Québec and not have been registered outside Québec.
  • The vehicle for which a rebate application is submitted must be on the list of eligible vehicles provided on this website.

Eligible new all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and low-speed electric vehicles must be:

  • purchased or leased long term (12 months or more);
  • registered between November 1, 2013 and December 31, 2020;
  • equipped with a battery with a capacity of 4 kWh or more;
  • sold at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price under $125 000 in the case of an all-electric vehicle;
  • sold at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price under $75 000 in the case of a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Eligible new hybrid vehicles must be:

  • purchased or leased long term (12 months or more);
  • registered between November 1, 2013 and December 31, 2020;
  • of model year 2017 or earlier;
  • have a combined fuel consumption lower than or equivalent to 6.33 L/100 km (gasoline) in the case of a vehicle of model year 2015 to 2107.

Eligible new electric motorcycles must be:

  • purchased or leased long term (12 months or more);
  • registered between October 9, 2015 and December 31, 2020.

Eligible hydrogen-powered vehicle and electric scooters must be:

  • purchased or leased long term (12 months or more);
  • registered between April 1, 2017 and December 31, 2020;
  • sold at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price under $125 000 in the case of hydrogen-powered vehicle.

Demonstration vehicles used by car dealers are also eligible under the program upon their resale if the number of kilometers on the odometer is lower than 10,000 km at the time of the transaction. Electric motorcycles must have below 2,000 km on the odometer at the time of the transaction.

  • Only one rebate application may be submitted per eligible vehicle.
  • The vehicle must remain registered in Québec for a minimum period of:
    • Twelve months for an applicant who acquires two vehicles or less in the same year.
    • Thirty-six months for an applicant who acquires three vehicles or more in the same year.

Vehicles excluded from the program:

  • Vehicles acquired for resale or long-term lease purposes;;
  • Vehicles that underwent an electric motor conversion;
  • Vehicles purchased outside Canada.
  • vehicles registered outside Québec.

TEQ may require that the financial assistance granted be reimbursed in the event of noncompliance with the program conditions.

Calculation of the amount of the rebate

The following calculation methods are in force from April 1, 2016.

For all-electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered vehicles

  • An $8 000 rebate is offered for the purchase or lease of the vehicle if the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000.
  • A $3 000 rebate is offered for the purchase or lease of the vehicle if the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $75 000 or more but less than $125 000.

This rebate calculation method came into force on April 1, 2017 and will apply until December 31, 2020.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles

The rebate applies solely to plug-in hybrid vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000.

The amount of the rebate is calculated as follows:

  • A rebate of $500 is granted for the purchase or lease of a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a battery capacity of at least 4 kWh but less than 7 kWh.
  • A rebate of $4,000 is granted for the purchase or lease of a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a battery capacity of at least 7 kWh but less than 15 kWh.
  • A rebate of $8,000 is granted for the purchase or lease of a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a battery capacity of at least 15 kWh.
  • This rebate calculation method came into force on January 1, 2016 and will apply until December 31, 2020.

Non-plug-in hybrid vehicles

  • A $500 rebate is offered for the purchase or lease of a hybrid vehicle of model year 2017 or earlier.
  • Hybrid vehicles of model year 2015 or later must have a combined fuel consumption rating of not more than 6.33 L/100 km.

For low-speed electric vehicles, electric motorcycles and electric scooters

  • A $1 000 rebate is offered on the purchase of an eligible low-speed electric vehicle.
  • A $2 000 rebate is offered on the purchase of an eligible electric motorcycle.
  • A $500 rebate is offered on the purchase of an eligible limited-speed electric motorcycle.

Purchase or Lease

In order not to penalize consumers who choose to lease their vehicle, electric vehicle rebates are also available for long-term leases.

The rebate amount is calculated based on the lease term. The lease period for the vehicle must be a minimum of 12 months to be eligible for a rebate. A lease of 48 months or more makes it possible to receive a rebate equal to the purchase rebate.

For More Information

To find out the exact rebate amount that you could receive, consult the list of eligible vehicles and their respective amounts posted on this Website.

For more information on all the terms and conditions for participating in the Drive Electric program or to learn more about how rebates are calculated, see the Detailed Applicant Guide (PDF Format) or the Normative Framework of the program (PDF Format). Program participants must also sign a certificate acknowledging that they have read and understood all the terms and conditions set out in one of these documents.

To find out how to receive your rebate from your dealer, or to send your application, see the Procedure to Follow section.

The administrative conditions of this program are set out in its Normative Framework (PDF Format).