Many Canadians are enjoying the benefits of driving electric vehicles (EVs). EVs are less expensive to operate and maintain than gas vehicles, are better for the environment, and now have faster charging speeds and increased driving ranges. With a network of public charging stations in Ontario and across the country, you can rest assured that you’ll always reach your destination.
If you have an EV or are thinking about buying one, here are some tips on electricity pricing, EV purchase incentives and rebates, how to charge your EV at home, and other frequently asked questions.
Ultra-Low Overnight (ULO) Pricing
If you have an electric vehicle that you charge at home overnight, the Ultra-Low Overnight rate option may be of interest to you, because you’ll be able to take advantage of the very low-priced overnight period.
The ULO price plan offers a new option to residential and small business customers in addition to the Time-of-Use and Tiered price plans. ULO has four price periods, one of which is a very low-priced overnight period between 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. every day. ULO price periods are the same all year round.
The best rate plan for you depends on your electricity consumption patterns. Don’t worry – there is no requirement or deadline to choose, and you can change rate plans at any time. To learn more about the ULO rate option and how to choose the electricity price plan that's right for you, visit Choose Your Rate Option.
Buying an EV
Here are a few purchase incentives and rebates that may benefit you. We’ll keep this section updated as other incentives become available.
You can qualify for up to $5,000 towards the purchase of a fully electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The incentive will be applied at the point-of-sale by the dealership. It will appear directly on the bill of sale or lease agreement of eligible zero emission vehicles on, or after, the eligibility date.
Eligibility: Battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and longer-range plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for up to $5,000, but shorter-range vehicles with range under 50 km (such as some plug-in hybrids) are eligible for up to $2,500.
For more information, please visit: Government of Canada – Zero Emission Vehicles.
Want to know more about different EV types? Visit: Electric Vehicle Technology & Types.
Check with the Human Resources team at your place of employment. Some employers offer EV benefits such as workplace charging or preferred pricing at automotive dealerships that offer electric vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have an electric vehicle that you charge at home overnight, the Ultra-Low Overnight price plan may be best for you, because you’ll be able to take advantage of the very low-priced overnight period.
ULO pricing is based on the day of the week and time of day electricity is used, but with an ultra-low overnight rate that encourages shifting high electricity-usage activities to the lower overnight demand periods.
The Ultra-Low Overnight price plan has four price periods, including the ultra-low overnight period between 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. every day, when demand for electricity is lowest on average, and a higher on-peak price for consumption between 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, when demand is usually higher. The ULO price periods are the same all year round.
ULO benefits customers who are electric vehicle owners who can charge at home overnight, and others who can shift their general electricity use to overnight periods. It also helps our distribution system by reducing strain on the grid at peak times, such as during heat waves or cold snaps.
Your Green Vehicle license plate is a sign of your commitment to a cleaner Ontario. Vehicles with these plates have ongoing access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and no-cost access to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on Ontario’s 400-series highways and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), even if there is only one person in the car. HOV lanes are otherwise reserved for single-occupant vehicles with a permit or vehicles carrying two or more people.
To check if your EV qualifies for a Green Vehicle license plate, please visit Ontario – Get a green license plate.
For most residential services, a 200-amp service will adequately supply the requirement of an electric vehicle charger. It is recommended that you contact a qualified electrical contractor to confirm your requirements. Once confirmed, if your service requires an upgrade to meet the needs of your EV charger, submit a service upgrade request online through the Alectra Utilities New Connections Portal.
To find a list of licensed electrical contractors in your area, use the ESA’s contractor locator tool.