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Ontario kills EV rebate; no more $14,000 incentive

by Justin King

Incentives of $5,000 to $14,000 had been available for a long list of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Ontario residents will soon face higher effective costs for electric vehicles as the province puts an end to an incentive program that had provided rebates of up to $14,000.

The province earlier this month canceled its cap-and-trade program that had funded the EV rebates.

The Ministry of Transportation says the move was necessary to help bring gasoline prices down by 10 cents per liter and "reduce costs for Ontario families and businesses by $1.9 billion dollars per year."

The program had provided the top $14,000 rebate for a list of EVs and PHEVs including the Tesla Model 3, VW e-Golf, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Chevrolet Bolt, and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, among others.

Coincidentally, Ontario killed the incentives the same day Tesla opened Model 3 ordering to Canadians. The province will only honor rebates for vehicles delivered to customers on or before July 11, or for dealer inventory that was on lots or on order by the same date, as long as the vehicles are sold and plated by September 10.

In the US, Tesla recently sold its 200,000th vehicle and consequently must begin to phase out its federal tax incentive eligibility beginning in January 2019. Model 3 buyers waiting for the entry-level $35,000 edition may be left out of the $7,500 incentive, though they may qualify for a $3,750 or $1,875 credit depending on when the short-range-battery configuration begins rolling off the assembly line.