Dorval offering you subsidies for home charging stations for electric cars

Dorval says it's become the first municipality on the island of Montreal to offer a subsidy to help you buy and install a home charging station for your electric car.

Dorval mayor Edgar Rouleau said they've been getting more and more calls from interested residents so they took the plunge: a subsidy of 50% of the costs of an electric car charging station for your home up to a maximum of $500, retroactive to January 1st of this year, one subsidy per household.

They've set aside as much as $15,000 in the budget.

"Let's say you have about $10,000 to $15,000 so that's good for about 20 to 30 vehicules," said Rouleau in an interview with CJAD 800 News.

Rouleau said they're open to increasing the amount if the demand is there. Rouleau said they've already given out one subsidy and there's another request being processed.

The city itself has four electric municipal vehicles with as many as three more on the way.

"As a city we're doing it more and more," said Rouleau.

"So we are giving the example."

Rouleau said he hopes the program will encourage more motorists to go electric.

"It's all part of the environment," said Rouleau.

"We try to encourage and to financially help in whatever way we can."