By Daniele Iannarone
In an effort to further promote a sustainable environment, the City of Dorval has rolled out additional plans to encourage residents to invest in electric cars.
Last week, the City of Dorval announced that it will be subsidizing residential purchases of electronic charging stations for electric vehicles, the first municipality in Montreal to do so.
Retroactive to January 1st of 2019, the city will reimburse a total of 50% of the purchase and installation cost of such charging stations, up to a maximum of $500.
According to the Communications Officer for the City of Dorval, Sébastien Gauthier, this plan has been set up specifically to incentivize Dorval residents to purchase electric vehicles. “The main objective is to help the environment,” he says. “By purchasing an electric car, that’s what you’re doing.” He says the number of electric vehicle owners in Quebec is up, and that hopefully this number will continue to grow.
To take advantage from this offer, Dorval residents are invited to purchase electric charging stations and have them installed on their own. They can then fill out a subsidy request form, found on the city’s website, and send it to the city along with a receipt showing proof of payment and proof of installation costs. They can either bring these documents to the city’s Urban Planning Department, or send them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While this program is offered to residents wishing to purchase electric charging stations for residential use, Gauthier says that the city will explore the possibility of expanding this offer to businesses who plan to set up the charging stations in their parking lots. For the time being, the City of Dorval provides six electric charging stations for public use. “These are new initiatives to add to the green initiative,” says Gauthier.
While electric car owners are free to purchase their at-home charging station from any source, the Canadian “Plug’n Drive” initiative website features a plethora of information and options regarding charging an electric vehicle and which charging stations to purchase.