A program in Edmonton, Alberta, is subsidizing fast-charging for homes and business, in ongoing efforts to encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs).
According to CBC, the Canadian city’s EV charging station rebate for homes and businesses will continue for at least the next two years. The program, which has a total cost of $300,000 (CAD), is designed to incentivize consumers towards purchasing clean, electric energy, a cause that Canadian officials are optimistic about.
On Tuesday, Scott McKeen, Edmonton Council Executive, said, “I think it helps people who are willing to take the risk of buying an EV at this time.” McKeen continued, “It still feels a little bit like they’re early adopters of a technology that we know will continue to improve over the years.”
— CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) November 12, 2020
Alberta’s capital city also unveiled a fleet of electric buses earlier this year, which is in line with a number of Canadian programs and services attempting to make zero-emission vehicles a more-pertinent reality.
Under the Edmonton charging plan, customers in new homes can expect to receive a $300 (CAD) subsidy, while commercial property owners may be entitled to subsidies of up to $2,000 (CAD) for charging technology.
Residents in existing homes can apply for up to $600 CAD or 50% of a Level 2 charging station before tax, capped at one per household. Maybe it’s time to consider a Tesla Wall Connector, which costs $635 CAD?
As consumers at large prepare for a major shift to sustainable transportation, efforts to subsidize costs and make purchasing zero-emission vehicles won’t fall on lost ears – in fact, EV purchasing is on the rise around the world, and with our world on the cusp of climate crisis, that trend isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.