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Ontario green plates

Discussion in 'Canada' started by wayner, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. wayner

    wayner Active Member

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    As Tesla owners we can get green plates that let a single passenger vehicle use an HOV lane. It is clear to me that this definitely applies to the 400 series highways plus the QEW. But does this also apply to HOV lanes in the city like Eglinton Ave in Toronto?

    And it appears these of these advantages expire in mid 2015. Anyone know if this is likely to be extended? I expect to get my P85D in December and I am wondering whether it is worth bothering to get green plates.
     
  2. djp

    djp Roadster 2.0 VIN939

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    No, the HOV use only applies to the 400 series highways. My guess is the access will be extended beyond 2015.
     
  3. Forty Creek

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    ...and I believe you can't have a green plate if you opt for a vanity plate. It's one or the other.
     
  4. wayner

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    That's fine with me as I have never had a vanity plate. But if they don't extend the HOV Program then there is no point in getting a green plate.
     
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    Does not cost anything extra.
     
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    A bit off-topic, but does anyone have any idea why I keep seeing Volts with green tags? I thought that there was a minimum battery capacity in order to qualify.
     
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    The Volt battery not only qualifies, they almost get the full rebate.
     
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    I have a vanity plate, so it is not green. However, I do drive in the HOV lanes. I figure since I am driving a car that qualifies, the color of my plate shouldn't matter imo.
    I'm waiting to see if I will get a ticket. I asked a policeman that I know, and he didn't have an answer.
    I'll let you know if I get a ticket.
     
  9. djp

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    Technically HOV access is granted by the green plate, so they could ticket you, but I doubt any cops would enforce it. Maybe let you off with a warning.
     
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    I honestly regretted ordering vanity plates at first when I saw the green plates with the white flower in the middle installed on my car; they looked really nice and rare.
    When my vanity plates arrived, I had to swap them because I already paid for them. However, now that everyone smiles when they see my plates (FUELLESS), I feel a bit relieved.
    Green vanity plates would be interesting though! But unfortunately, the advantages of the green plates in Ontario are vague and minimal.
     
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    The web site makes a point of specifying that only EVs with "special green plates" qualify. Unfortunately for me, the Ministry of Transportation interprets this to mean only Ontario EVs with special green plates.
     
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    I know it's a bit of mix bag but I wonder what would happen if you got pulled over and explained that u didn't know and thought all EV's could use the hov. And what would happen in court after if you got a ticket.
     
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    and what would happen if you were driving an EV with Quebec green plates?
     
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    Me: Hello, I will be visiting from the province of Quebec in an electric vehicle which has special Green license plates. May I use the HOV lanes even if I am the only passenger?

    Senior Enquiry Analyst, Licensing Administration & Support Office, Ministry of Transportation, Downsview, Ontario: Thank you for your email. While the HOV lanes are available for vehicles carrying at least two occupants, the single occupancy electric vehicle eligibility is only available for those electric vehicles plated with the green Ontario licence plates. However, should your vehicle have more than one passenger, it is eligible for HOV use.
     
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    That is very "provincial", narrow minded by Ontario.
     
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    very narrow minded.
     
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    #17 Breezy, Nov 12, 2014
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    Starting with 2015 Volts with the 17.1 kWh battery, they get the full rebate which tops out at 17 kWh. Before that we had to settle for $8231 (16-16.5 kWh).

    The minimum battery capacity to qualify for the rebate and green plates is 4 kWh.
     
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    My sources at the MTO tell me the HOV access will end as planned.

    Personally, I do not use the HOV lanes when alone because I am concerned about what others may see as a "rich person driving a Tesla" getting another free benefit. I also believe that ICE cars are more efficient and emit less pollutants when operating at speed vs. idling, whereas there is no environmental disadvantage to an EV "idling" in the slow lane.
     
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    doesnt that mean the green plate program will end as well? Not much point in having the, with no benefits. The web page describing them would be pretty bre if not for the HOV lane explanation.
     
  20. Hugh Mannity

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    Right on man, definitely respect those points of view :cool:
     

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