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New EV rebate a win for Manitoban drivers hoping to cut costs at the gas pump 

TORONTO — Rachel Doran, vice president of policy and strategy, at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the launch of Manitoba’s EV rebate:

“As of today, it will be cheaper and easier for Manitobans to go electric thanks to the provincial government’s new rebate of up to $4,000, which can be stacked with the federal government’s rebate of up to $5,000.

“By helping with the upfront purchase cost, Manitoba is ensuring that more households will be able to ditch yoyo-ing prices at the gas pump. 

“Choosing an EV instead of a gas car can save between $30,000 and $50,000 over a ten-year ownership period, even taking into account the purchase cost. And with rebates as well as reductions in battery prices, some EVs are already cheaper to buy than fossil-fuelled equivalents, meaning many drivers start saving the moment they drive off the lot. 

“It’s great to see Manitoba become the first prairie province to join the seven other provinces and territories that have recognized the benefit of helping their citizens get behind the wheel of an EV. We congratulate the government on making the step and look forward to seeing many more Manitobans enjoy the cost and climate benefits of becoming EV drivers.”


  • Manitobans will be able to access up to $4,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new EV and up to $2,500 toward a pre-owned EV.
  • A recent report from Clean Energy Canada comparing popular EV models with their gas equivalents finds that going electric can save a typical Canadian driver $3,800 annually.
    • For instance, choosing a Chevrolet Bolt instead of a Toyota Corolla Hatchback would save $33,600 over a 10-year ownership period (that’s including the upfront purchase cost and current rebates). Province-specific savings can be downloaded here.
    • Similarly, the electric version of the Ford F-150 saves $47,000 over 10 years compared to its gas equivalent. 
    • A majority of Canadians (63%) correctly recognize that opting for an electric vehicle and a heat pump is cheaper than choosing fossil-fuel-powered alternatives. 
  • Transportation makes up 24% of emissions in Canada, and passenger vehicles make up around half of that.
  • More than 15,300 premature deaths each year in Canada are linked to air pollution. Canada’s federal EV regulations will result in over $90 billion in health benefits for Canadians over the next 25 years, including up to 11,000 avoided premature deaths, according to analysis by the Atmospheric Fund.


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