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Dorval offers subsidies to residents to install electric car-charging stations

Dorval offers electric car incentives
The city of Dorval is offering residents $500 towards the purchase of an installation of electric car-charging stations. The municipality is the first on the island of Montreal to offer the subsidy. As Global's Tim Sargeant explains, Dorval has set aside 15,000 for the project.

A new financial incentive is on the table for people who purchase electric vehicles.

The City of Dorval is offering a $500 subsidy to residents who purchase and install electric cars at their homes.

The offer came into effect at the beginning of the year.

So far, two residents have applied for the grant.

Cedric Nérot is one of them who already got his $500 rebate from the city.

“It worked… we got a check,” Nérot told Global News.

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Dorval has set aside $15,000 for the subsidy and the mayor expects 20 to 30 residents to apply.

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“We’re doing it to help the environment and to encourage people to do it,” Mayor Edgar Rouleau told Global News.

CAA-Québec estimates there were 40,000 electric vehicles on provincial roads in 2018. Annie Gauthier says that’s almost double from 2017.

“It’s a great initiative. We have to salute that. Hopefully, it will encourage people to pass in electric mode,” Gauthier told Global News.

Electrika, a Lachine-based company that specializes in residential electrical services, has installed 50 to 60 electric car-charging stations in the last year. This is one of the fastest-growing areas of the business.

“We get one to three calls a day now for car chargers,” Christopher Foster, an Electrika service manager, told Global News.

There are already provincial grants offered to people who purchase electric vehicles. Some just hope the incentives like the one being offered by Dorval will spread to other cities as well.

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