Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) was released on June 8, 2016 and includes a commitment for a new Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP), which would provide incentives to eligible businesses that want to buy low-carbon commercial vehicles and technologies to reduce emissions, including electric and natural gas-powered trucks, aerodynamic devices, anti-idling devices, and trailer refrigeration units. Development of the GCVP is being led by Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), with support from partners, including the Ministries of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and Energy (ENERGY).
The objective of the GCVP is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the movement of goods and non-passenger related services by encouraging a shift towards low-carbon fuels and technologies to reduce emissions. The GCVP is envisioned as a rebate-based program predominantly for the trucking sector, where rebates would be provided upon proof of purchase. Incentive amounts would be based on 15%-50% of the incremental cost compared to an equivalent diesel/gasoline vehicle, or the total cost of a device/technology.
The program would provide incentives to encourage the purchase/lease of alternative fuel vehicles including:
• Fully electric vehicles.
• Those that operate using only natural gas or diesel/natural gas dual fuel configurations;
• Conversions of existing conventional fuel vehicles to natural gas; and
The program would also provide incentives to encourage the purchase of technologies to improve fuel efficiency:
• Aerodynamic devices, such as boat tails or side skirts;
• Anti-idling devices, such as auxiliary power units or cab heaters and coolers; and
• Trailer refrigeration units.
In addition to the general GCVP funding stream detailed in the program guide, a second Commercial Transportation Innovation Pilot funding stream will support innovative projects and technologies which are not yet widely commercially available but have the potential for significant reductions in GHG emissions today and in the future.
Eligible projects could include:
• Testing of fuels and/or technologies that are not yet commercially available, or existing fuels/technologies which currently have low to non-existent market presence;
• Testing of innovative fuels/technologies that support commercial vehicles providing passenger-related services (e.g., electric transit buses, CNG coach buses, etc.);
• Testing of fuelling/charging infrastructure as well as vehicles;