Why are we subsidizing green cars for wealthy folks?

- October 11th, 2012

I found this car at the Ottawa airport with the proud claim that it comes with up to $8,000 in government rebates. According to the Mitsubishi Canada website this car retails for just under $35,000 for the base model. That’s not a cheap car, especially considering it only carries two people. This is not a car for work I g families or people with low incomes.
So why are we giving subsidies to make green cars more affordable for the well off?

 

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7 comments

  1. Alain says:

    Why is the government subsidising any kind of car for anyone, wealthy or not? This is not the role of government and it needs to cease.

  2. Rod Sheridan says:

    Research value.

    If you want to gather good data on the technology in use, it has to be used as intended.

    It’s a lot less expensive to give an $8,000 rebate than to pay to have someone drive it for the vehicle rated lifespan.

  3. Alain says:

    In reference to Rod Sheridan’s comments, the correct answer is for the automobile maker to fund and to do whatever research; not the government.

  4. SmartyPants says:

    These cars came on the marker as cheap alternatives in the late 50s and early 60s. So these are Electric, but definitely no safer. They were labelled Death Traps and soon disappeared because nobody wanted them. So now they’re back. at a whopping premium and are called Smart Cars. So when did they get so Smart ? Is it because we’re so dumb ?

  5. Raymond Siroski says:

    Check out the Volt.Most working people cannot afford $35000 dollars for a toy car.The answer has never been battery operated toys.We all have bought toys that ran on batteries . What problems .Ask how much these batteries cost .Try to get any company to do an exchange good luck?

  6. b.rus nordby says:

    These green cars should be available to lower and middle income families that will keep the vehicle for its life span and keep records for the required technology, if you do not use the vehicle the way you are intending it to be used, as a everyday mode of transport for the middle class, why would you only collect data from the higher income taxpayer?

  7. John says:

    The i-MiEV seats four people, not two. Never needs gas or oil. It has so few moving parts that service intervals are every 12,000 km. Energy costs per fill up around $2. Well off people won’t buy it, it’s for urban commuters — working folks looking to get off the grid.

    Don’t tell me it’s not a good deal!

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