Opting for a "green" vehicle: an increasingly popular way to go!

Want to reduce your carbon footprint and save on gas? Buying a hybrid or electric vehicle for the first time can raise many questions. Here is some information to help you through the decision-making process.

Which one should I choose?
There are over 55 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on the market, there's a lot to choose from!

Are you on the road all day or do you only use your car for short trips? The distance travelled between battery charges can help you to determine the type of vehicle (hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric or electric) that best suits your lifestyle.

Drivers clocking the longest distances often prefer a hybrid vehicle because of the additional independence of a fuel tank.

Charging
The car's internal battery charger varies according to model and affects the charging speed. It is an important factor to consider when choosing a vehicle.

In Quebec, the public charging network provides charging stations in spaces reserved for electric vehicles (parking lots, restaurants, parks, etc.). The two main providers are: The Electric Circuit and AddEnergy. This public network allows drivers to top up their batteries on the go, but it's also a good idea to have a charger installed at home or at work, where most charging is done. If you travel outside of Quebec, here are a few sites to help you locate charging stations: Sun Country Highway, PlugShare and Energy.gov

If you would like an estimate of the energy costs for electric vehicles based on yearly mileage, check out the Electric Vehicle Cost Calculator on the CAA website.

Financial incentives to go green
For some, the cost of a hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid or electric vehicle can put the brakes on such a purchase. However, there are some financial incentives that could make these vehicles more affordable.

In terms of financing: several financial institutions, as Desjardins, have added an exclusive green option, a very interesting feature for those in the market for a new hybrid or electric vehicle.

In terms of subsidies: the Quebec government recently launched program with incentives in the form of rebates up to $8,000 on the purchase of a plug-in electric hybrid or electric vehicle, and up to $600 for purchasing and installing a charging station at your home. You could obtain a rebate of up to $4,000 if you purchase an eligible used all-electric vehicle. To find out more about these government incentives, go to Running on Green Power!

There's a lot of energy going into switching to electric-powered transportation. Will you be ready to go green?

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