By GreenCompany | June 24, 2010
The Nissan LEAF an electric vehicle we have highlighted before on Green Company Canada, will qualify for an $8500 incentive in the province of Ontario. The incentives offered will vary according to the battery size used in the vehicle and will range between $5000 and $8500. If the Nissan LEAF you purchase contains a 24 kwh battery you can be eligible for the $8500 purchase incentive.
But in what is usually typical of the Canadian market, the vehicle will be available elsewhere long before it makes an appearance in Canada. No good reasoning was given for this decision, but then as Canadians we just expect such nonsense. While Japan, the United States and Europe will see their citizens and businesses able to buy the first mass-produced all-electric vehicle later this year, Canadians will just have to sit and wait till some time in late 2011.
There is no word yet if any other Canadian provinces or if the federal government will be offering incentives on this or any other electric vehicle as they hit the Canadian car-buying market. Chevrolet is also bringing along their vehicle the Volt (hybrid), but an exact release date for Canada has not been announced. An earlier company announcement said summer 2011 for it to make an appearance on dealer’s lots, but we don’t know for sure.
What we do know is that Communauto, North America’s first car sharing service has committed to adding some 50 Nissan LEAFs to their shared fleet when the vehicle finally becomes available to the Canadian market. Hydro-Québec will be working with them to create the necessary charging infrastructure.
For more about the Nissan LEAF please visit their website at – www.nissan.ca