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Electric Vehicles to be Widely Available Across Canada by 2012

While Canada does not offer a national rebate on the purchase of electric-drive vehicles, some provinces do offer modest sums.

Published: 05-Jun-2010

TORONTO — Fully electric vehicles should be widely available to Canadian consumers within two years, with offerings in the pipeline from Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi and others, automakers say.

"I think what you're hearing across the board is that 2012 is the time when you're going to have critical mass and a huge number of (electric) products coming forward from every manufacturer," Stephen Beatty, managing director of Toyota Canada, told a conference on green vehicle technology Friday in Toronto.

"(That) becomes the big moment when you see that transformation in the auto industry in North America and electric comes on big time. It'll be very fascinating to see how the market responds to that," Beatty added.

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