Repeal the Ontario Electric Vehicle Licensing Ban
Ontario's Ban on Electric Cars
Success!!! The Ban on EV Conversions is Over!!!
Yesterday (June 7, 2010), Electric Mobility Canada sent out an e-mail advising
its Ontario members that MTO has lifted the ban, and has implemented an interim
solution for the licensing of electric vehicle conversions. That e-mail read
"Dear EMC Ontario members,
"I am pleased to announce that following consultations with officials at the
Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) I have been advised by MTO this
morning that the temporary moratorium on the registration of internal combustion
engine vehicles converted to EVs in Ontario has been lifted.
"Effective today, converted vehicles can be registered as EVs at the following 3 locations:
* In Ottawa at the Laurier Avenue licence office
* In Toronto at the College Park licence office
* In Toronto North York at the Yonge and Sheppard vehicle office.
"To register, please bring along the vehicle safety standard certificate provided
by an authorized garage.
"At the vehicle licence office, you will need to sign a declaration to the effect
that the vehicle has been converted to EV operation.
"Upon registration, MTO will issue a decal for placement on the vehicle. This
decal will alert first responders that the vehicle is an EV.
"EMC is appreciative of MTO’s collaboration in this important area.
"Further to the above, EMC has agreed to work with MTO in developing guidelines
to define appropriate safety requirements for EV conversions. And, through MTO,
EMC will work with the MTO counterparts in other provincial and territorial
jurisdictions to achieve national consensus on such guidelines. When this process
begins, EMC will involve its interested members."
If the Ottawa or Toronto locations are not convenient to you, I suggest you contact
MTO or ServiceOntario directly to see what arrangements can be made to assist you
in registering your converted electric vehicle.
Based on this communication, there is no longer any need to protest to the Minister or other government
officials about this issue. However, communications to those officials of thanks
for attending to the matter in a reasonable fashion will undoubtedly carry shock
value (in a good way).
Now, let's get busy and put some more zero-emissions EVs on the road.
If you are doing a conversion, you have until June 30, 2010 to qualify for the
retail sales tax rebate. (Rumour has it that conversions will not qualify for
any incentives under the new rules starting on July 1st with the advent of the
HST in Ontario.)
Additional Material from MTO
I have not been able to find a press release from MTO related to this subject.
Their original link at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/emerging/index.shtml#conversions
(that worked yesterday) seems to have disappeared. The text that was there:
"Electric vehicle (EV) conversions CAN be operated on roads in Ontario.
"Ontario is reviewing registration and safety requirements for vehicles
that have been converted to electric power. In the interim, the
following registration rules apply. Please note that these rules may
change in the future.
"EV conversions are:
• Road worthy vehicles that have been converted from an
internal combustion engine (gasoline) to an electric power engine.
• Powered exclusively by an electric battery.
• Not equipped or powered by an internal combustion engine or
any other method.
"To register an EV conversion in Ontario, you will need the following:
• A completed EV Conversion Declaration form (PDF).
• A valid Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) completed after
the conversion date.
• A vehicle permit if the vehicle is already registered in
Ontario; or appropriate vehicle registration documents.
• Two EV conversion decals (pictured below) which must be
affixed to the front windshield and rear window of the vehicle. The
decals will be provided at the Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing
"An EV conversion may only be registered at the following three Driver
and Vehicle Licence Issuing Offices:
• College Park (Toronto) – 777 Bay Street, Toronto, M7A 2J3
• Downtown Ottawa – 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, K1P 1J1
• North York (Toronto) – 47 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto,
MTO's EV Conversions FAQs (for the new rules as of 2010.06.07)
PDF file of the MTO Electric Vehicle Conversion Declaration form
Image of the Electric Vehicle Conversion decal (JPG)
(The remainder of this page is left in place for historical purposes.)
In early February 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) began a secret
campaign to refuse new registrations of electric cars in the province. As a result,
Ontarians cannot qualify for the only incentive Ontario offers individuals for putting
an electric car on the road today - a rebate of the Retail Sales Tax (but only up to
$1,000.00). That incentive expires on June 30, 2010, with the introduction of the HST.
We have looked for new rules, regulations or written policy to justify recent actions,
and have found none.
“I’m sure there were good reasons at one time to prevent electric cars from being on
Canadian roads, but we’ve got to find a way to ensure that our regulations don’t
become an impediment from doing what’s right for the environment.”
- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty -
reported June 19, 2007
Electric vehicles have been operating on Ontario roads for more than 100 years,
without significant issues in safety, use or licensing.
“ONTARIO PAVES THE WAY FOR ELECTRIC CAR”
- Ontario's Office of the Premier
dated January 15, 2009
Despite repeated requests for written policy justifying the unannounced moratorium, none has
been produced by MTO officials. Instead, a series of contradictory excuses has been handed
out to would be registrants on a a one-by-one basis. Calls to ServiceOntario continue to
get the response that there is no reason electric cars cannot be registered in Ontario,
based on laws and regulations in effect today.
“Electric vehicles are the way to go in Ontario.”
- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty -
reported July 15, 2009
Up until the unannounced licensing ban was
imposed by MTO, electric vehicles were subject to exactly the same mechanical safety
inspections as any other vehicles in Ontario.
MTO officials remain unswayed, and have continued refusing registrations of electric vehicles.
MTO officials prefer to call the current practice a moratorium. However, a moratorium
implies the practice will stop at a defined time in the future. MTO officials are not
committed to re-instating registrations for electric vehicle conversions, and certainly
not by a defined date. Therefore, the current practice is not a moratorium, but a ban.
(This ban does not apply to electric-assist bicycles, as they are not licensed for road use by
the provincial government.)
“The McGuinty government's plan is to have one out of every 20 passenger
vehicles on Ontario's roads (be) an electric vehicle by 2020. Green licence plates will
encourage Ontarians to think green when choosing a vehicle.”
- Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley -
reported November 4, 2009
A number of forward-thinking Ontarians, unwilling to wait for the automakers to deliver an
electric car for sale after more than 40 years of promises, and thinking Premier
McGuinty and MTO would support their initiative based on public statements made by the Premier and Minister,
have made their own electric
cars. This is an expensive undertaking, and now their personal investments in a better environment
are in limbo.
Will the McGuinty government's 'green car' talk end up on the trash heap like their commitment
to close all coal-fired generation in the province by 2007? Probably, unless Ontarians speak up
and demand that the secret ban on electric cars in Ontario be repealed immediately!
What You Can Do
Write to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne and
your MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) telling them:
YOU want clean-air electric vehicles legalized again NOW!
Contact Information for Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
"E-mail" via Web page
Fax: (416) 325-3745 TTY: 1-800-387-5559
Climate Change Impact
Electric Mobility Canada backgrounder
Ontario Electrical Grid Impact
Electric Mobility Canada backgrounder
The first car operated in Ottawa, Ontario was an electric car. It was brought to
Ottawa by Thomas Ahearn in 1899. Thomas Ahearn was also the inventor of the electric
stove, a founder of the Ottawa Hydro-electric Company (now Hydro Ottawa), and the company
Ahearn & Soper, still operating in Ottawa. Thomas Ahearn, electric car owner, inventor,
innovator, community leader, job creator. Couldn't Ontario use some more electric car
As for the larger history of electric vehicles, there is no point in reproducing it here.
The best source of free information on electric vehicle history on the Web is here:
Econogics EV History pages
If you have related information you would like to share, please
send me an e-mail.