Transportation is responsible for 30% of Edmonton's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 42% of energy consumption. This is equal to all the energy used for residential and commercial buildings.
There are many ways we can reduce our impact, including active transportation and shared transportation. Personal vehicles might be necessary for some, but there are ways to reduce the impact as well. You can learn more about how you can Change Mobility for Climate, but here, we'll go into electric vehicles (EVs).
EVs (including electric bicycles) run on electricity. Using electricity as a fuel source reduces our reliance on any single form of vehicle fuel. Electricity can be generated locally and in many ways including by solar, wind, hydro and geothermal systems. Learn more about electric vehicles.
However, EVs can be expensive. Luckily, there are rebates to help offset the cost.
Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate
If you're installing a Level 2 EV charger in your Edmonton home or business, you can get a rebate of 50% of the cost to a maximum of $600 for existing residential and $300 for new residential (check out the qualifying products list [PDF] for residential installations), and $2,000 for existing commercial.
Read the terms and conditions [PDF], and apply within 60 days of purchase.
Electric Vehicle Rebate (federal)
Since May 1, 2019, the federal government has been offering an incentive of up to $5,000 to purchase zero emissions vehicles.
Check out the list of eligible vehicles.