The Quebec government is pushing the boundaries of its province-leading vehicle-electrification goals with a pilot project adding incentives on used EVs. But some observers warn too-tight regulations might restrict eligible-vehicle availability.
Effective April 1, the project began to offer a $4,000 cash rebate for the acquisition of a used electric car.
There are, however, conditions to be met before a rebate cheque can be cut.
The program is limited to the first 1,000 applicants who have purchased eligible used full-electrics.
EVs must be three or four years old, no more, no less. This means only 2013 and 2014 models are eligible.
The car must come from outside Quebec to prevent a rebate from being offered more than once for the same vehicle; it must be bought or leased through a dealer transaction, and the manufacturer's suggested retail price must have been under $125,000 when it was new.
Denis Dessureault, executive vice-president at the Montreal automobile dealers’ association, said the pilot project “will be profitable for large-format, used-car dealers who buy most of their inventory at weekly auction, and where most of their cars are from outside Quebec.”