Ontario paves the way for electric cars

Toronto, Ontario, Jan. 27, 2009 — Ontario is joining forces with Better Place, a company that creates infrastructure for electric cars in an effort to get electric cars running on their roads.

Better Place will build an electric car demonstration and education center in Toronto to lay the groundwork to help get electric vehicles running on Ontario roads. By May 2009, the Ontario government will release a study which will look at ways to speed up the introduction of electric vehicles including:

* Financial incentives designed to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles;
* Preferred access to transportation grid to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles;
* Forward-looking procurement policies to speed government adoption of electric vehicles into fleet services where appropriate; and
* Coordinated public education and promotion of electric vehicles as a mode of personal transportation.

At the same time, Better Place will develop an electric car charging network rollout plan and timelines. Under the Better Place model, electric car drivers enroll in a subscription plan to use the company’s open network of battery exchange stations and charge spots in homes, businesses and parking lots.

Canada-based Bullfrog Power will provide the Better Place network with electricity from local renewable sources.

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