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Sales of Electric Vehicles in Ontario Decrease due to Rebate Cut

Since Doug Ford’s government has cut the rebate for provincial electric cars in Ontario last year, the sales for the electric cars like Tesla, have stagnated. The Canadian national target might now not be met due to Ontario’s lack of sales.

If you compare first 6 months in 2019 to the same first 6 months in 2018, the number sales have plummeted more than 55 percent.

Ontario is the only province in Canada that is NOT seeing increase in sales in electric cars. Quebec and British Columbia where they have great rebate on electric cars are leading the sales in Canada.

Doug Ford has cut the $14,000 rebate last year saying that government should not be subsidizing people who want to buy expensive cars. Tesla models start at around $50,000.

The way it stands when buying electric vehicles in Canada you might be eligible for $5,000 in federal incentives, an additional $3,000 in British Columbia and up to $8,000 in Quebec.

Federal government wants to hit 10% of electric vehicles on the roads in Canada by 2025. But the current number of registered electric cars are at only 3.5%.

In British Columbia more than 10% of vehicles sold are electric cars, and in Quebec that number is at 7%.

In Ontario the total # of electric vehicle are at only around 2%.

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney’s office has refused to comment on the numbers.

Federal Government Starts Subsidies on Electric Cars across Canada

If you are shopping for electric cars, today is a great day to buy one as the government of Canada starts subsidizing electric cars across Canada no matter where you are in Canada, British Columbia to PEI.

We have recently written about the $5,000 subsidy and criticized the government for only providing subsidies on cars less than $45,000 therefore eliminating Tesla from the subsidies. Government has listened to us as well as other publications and decided to up their subsidy to $55,000 instead.

With this new increased subsidy you can buy Tesla 3 for $5,000 less. The eligible Tesla according to the government website is: 2019 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range or Standard Range Plus.

The Tesla 3 model now sells for $48,310 therefore you will pay only $43,310 if you decide not to upgrade anything. Even if you upgrade it – make sure only up it to $55,000 to be eligible for $5,000 subsidy. For example the upgrade to autopilot will cost extra $6,600 for a total of $54,910. It will be definitely worth it.

If Telsa is not your thing you can also check out other cars that are being subsidized by the Canadian government. The list of eligible vehicles under the iZEV Program is here and includes amazing cars like Audi A3 Sportback e-tron , Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Volkswagen e-Golf.

For example if you want to buy VW eGolf with 201km range – it will cost you
$36,720 minus $5,000 or $31,720.

This will definitely help people considering buying electric cars across Canada. In Ontario, the newly elected provincial government of Doug Ford, has killed off the electric cars’ provincial subsidies and the sales decreased. Provincial subsidies are still running in Quebec and British Columbia.

You can see all subsidized cars below and their subsidies.

Model YearMakeModelTrim
2018AudiA3 Sportback e-tronProgressiv Technik
2018/ 2019ChevroletBoltLT (2LT) Premier (2LZ)
2018/ 2019ChevroletVoltLT (2LT) Premier (2LZ)
2017/ 2018/ 2019ChryslerPacifica HybridTouring Premium Platinum
2018FordFusion EnergiSE Luxury Titanium Platinum
2019FordFusion EnergiSEL Titanium
2018FordFocusElectric
2019HondaClarity Plug-in HybridBase Touring
2019HyundaiIoniq ElectricPreferred Ultimate
2019HyundaiIoniq PHEVPreferred Ultimate
2019HyundaiKona ElectricPreferred Ultimate
2018/ 2019HyundaiSonata PHEVUltimate
2019KiaNiro PHEVEX Premium SX
2019KiaNiro EVSX Touring EX
2017/ 2018/ 2019/ 2020KiaOptima PHEVEX EX Premium
2017/ 2018/ 2019/ 2020KiaSoul EVEV EV Luxury EV Sunroof
2020KiaSoul EVEV Premium Limited
2018/ 2019/ 2020MINICountrymanCooper S E All4 Cooper SE All4
2018/ 2019MitsubishiOutlander PHEVSE-Base SE Limited Edition SE Touring GT
2018/ 2019NissanLeafS SV SL
2019NissanLeaf PlusS SV SL
2019TeslaModel 3Standard Range Standard Range Plus
2018/ 2019ToyotaPrius PrimeBase Upgrade Technology
2019Volkswagene-GolfComfortline
2018/ 2019smartEQ fortwo cabriolet
2018/ 2019smartEQ fortwo coupe
2018smartfortwo electric drive cabriolet
2018smartfortwo electric drive coupe

Three Provinces Giving Out Up To $14k To Buy Tesla

UPDATE #3 LAVAL QUEBEC: Laval, a city in Quebec, will give additional $2,000 subsidy – see details below.

UPDATE #2 RE ONTARIO: Ontario judge reversed Conservative ban on subsidy, but only until September 10, after that date, the subsidies will expire. You need to be registered and car delivered by that day to qualify.

UPDATE #1 RE ONTARIO: After a recent election, the new conservative government in Ontario has decided to stop the rebates in that province. Tesla in its turn has decided to sue the Ontario government claiming:

“The Minister of Transportation’s decision suddenly left hundreds of Tesla Canada’s Ontario customers in the unfair position of no longer being eligible for the rebate they had expected to receive when they ordered their vehicles. While purchasers of other brands and from other dealers will still receive the rebate during the transition period.”


Tesla has been in the news a lot as of late due to its popularity as a nice looking car with very efficient electric consumption. But it also comes across as a very expensive car – Model S for example will set you back almost $86,000.

But do not worry with the new launch of Model 3, you can buy Tesla for only $46,000 and achieve 354 km of range on one charge.

Not sure about Tesla or other electronic vehicle? Just look at total CO2 saved by Tesla vehicles, you want your children to breath fresh air , right?

The good thing is that provincial governments recognize that electric cars are good for environment and have decided to give out incentives – some big some not so big – to entice customers to buy electric vehicles.

That’s right – no gimmicks – it’s free money as long as you live / buy the car in the “right” province, they will give you free money to subsidize your car.

The only drawback is that Tesla 3 been having some issues with production and you might need to wait about a year or 2 before it gets delivered to you. But hey you will get your subsidy locked in as described below and only need to pay $1k down-payment to reserve yours.

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So how does this electric vehicle subsidy work across difference provinces in Canada?

Let’s start by saying that only 3 provinces subsidize electric cars and of course Alberta is one province that does not (why should they with all that cheap gas.)

British Columbia – up to $6,000 subsidy

 

Just watch out though before you go out buying that Tesla S model  vehicles with a MSRP of over $77,000 are not considered eligible for the program.

Quebec – up to $8,000 subsidy 

Belle Province decided to join the game to protect their environment as well. Please see the list of eligible electric vehicles here as per Quebec subsidy program – Tesla 3 is one of them.

Vehicle type Additional conditions Rebate Amount
All-electric vehicles If the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is less than
$75 000:
$8 000
If the MSRP of the vehicle is between $75 000 and
$125 000:
$3 000
Plug-in hybrid vehicles If the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is less than
$75 000:the amount of the rebate is calculated according to the electric battery capacity.
$500, $4 000
or $8 000
Hybrid vehicles For the 2017 or earlier model years: no rebate starting with the 2018 model year. $500
Hydrogen-powered vehicles If the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is less than
$75 000:
$8 000
If the MSRP of the vehicle is between $75 000 and
$125 000:
$3 000
Low-speed electric vehicles $1 000
Electric motorcycles $2 000
Limited-speed electric motorcycles (electric scooters) $500

 

Quebec is almost the same as BC, but a bit more generous, even though all vehicles over $125k are not subsidized, the vehicles over $75k are still subsidized with $3k subsidy.

City of Laval in Quebec will give out additional $2,000 first-come, first-served municipal incentive. The New Vehicle Information Sheet and MVPA must show the base price of the car as $45,600 and list the options purchased.

Ontario – The Winner – drum roll please – with up to $14k subsidy

  • Incentives of up to $14,000 will be provided for eligible Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCVs)
  • Incentives for eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are now determined based on each vehicle’s all-electric range and seating capacity. The updated incentives vary from $5,000 to $14,000

You can see the list of eligible cars here and Tesla 3 is eligible for $14k subsidy.

You know what that means you can own your precious little Tesla 3 for only around $31kThat’s about $500 in lease a month for 4 years.

Unlike Quebec and BC, Ontario does not subsidize at all cars over $75k. Maybe it’s for the best if you can afford $100k car, why would you need $14k subsidy, right?

It’s also a good time to act now: the more people interested in owning electric vehicles, the sooner governments will void these amazing subsidies.

Hold on a second, I am a bit confused – what do all these different HFCVs, BEVs and PHEVs acronyms mean – I thought electric car was electric car – well not so fast, buster, here is a quick intro for you to know the difference.

Source http://synergyfiles.com

Do not fancy Tesla 3 that much? Maybe consider all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf – it is few thousand cheaper in Ontario than its all-gas equivalent. However it only gets you about 200km or so vs 350+km with Tesla. But once again – sold out all across the province – but you might be able to reserve it. Price? $36k-$14k = $22k.

Or another good option could be Honda Clarity – basically a plug-in equivalent of the Honda Accord.  It is a PHEV version and only has range of up to 76 kilometres on battery alone, according to Honda. It’s a bit pricier at $40k but with $13k subsidy in Ontario – it is still pretty good deal at $27,000.

You decide – what car do you like? Recommend? Will you be buying electric car or will wait? Did you buy electric car already – are you liking it? Leave us your comments below.