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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
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
2018/ 2019smartEQ fortwo cabriolet
2018/ 2019smartEQ fortwo coupe
2018smartfortwo electric drive cabriolet
2018smartfortwo electric drive coupe

Tesla Model 3 Hacked in Canada

Two hackers in Vancouver had won a Tesla after they have found loophole in Telsa’s web browser that let them bypass security.

This happened at a Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver where so called white hackers and security experts gather to try to exploit various computer systems . Pwn2Own has been going on for over 10 years.

This year was a special year as this is the first time a big company like Tesla agreed to lend them a car to be exploited and hacked .

Two security experts, Richard Zhu and Amat Cam, were able to penetrate Tesla’s web browser and show a custom message.

Tesla gave the duo the same car they hacked as a gift. They also mentioned that they will be fixing the bug asap.

“In the coming days, we will release a software update that addresses this research. We understand that this demonstration took an extraordinary amount of effort and skill, and we thank these researchers for their work to help us continue to ensure our cars are the most secure on the road today.”

Tesla’s been involved with hacking community for many years and have been giving away bounties of up to $15,000 US. Nice way to keep the car safe.

Tesla Takes Ontario to Court and Wins

Ontario judge ruled that new conservative government in Ontario had no right to cancel electronic car rebates against Tesla and other manufacturers.

What this means is that Ontario government has no right to block people to apply for Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP) rebates.

If you have not purchased Tesla yet now is a good time to do it.  Even though the Ontario judge unblocked the rebates for now , they are set to expire on September 10 as per old Liberal government deadline. You can be eligible for $14,000 rebate. But keep in mind, in order to qualify for rebates your Tesla needs to be delivered and registered by September 10.

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If you missed out on this opportunity, you might consider moving to Quebec (especially Laval, Quebec where you can get additional $2,000 subsidy first come first server) or British Columbia – where you can still get subsidized Tesla. But you might also want to hurry up as Quebec goes to election in September.

Ontario judge has also ordered Province of Ontario to cover $125,000 legal bill for unnecessary hassle created for Tesla.

The court decision came only 2 weeks after Conservative government blocked the incentives.

The judge Frederick Myers said

If the government wants to transition out of the electric car subsidy program,  Transportation Minister John Yakabuski must exercise his operational discretion in a lawful manner.

He has yet to do so. I therefore quash and set aside the Minister’s unlawful exercises of discretion to implement the transition program announced July 11.”

That’s it folks. So if you live in Ontario and want your Tesla subsidized you better get to the dealership stat! Your baby awaits.

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.

Kitchener Clearpath Robotics’s OTTO Motors makes self driving vehicles for warehouses, raises $55M Canadian to date

OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Robotics, provides self-driving vehicles designed exclusively for indoor material transport. The vehicles operate with infrastructure-free navigation, offering intelligent, safe, efficient, and reliable transportation within industrial centers. Proprietary hardware, software, and services are delivered to provide customer excellence.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Clearpath Robotics was founded in 2009 by Ryan Gariepy (CTO), Bryan Webb (COO) and Matt Rendall (CEO). In April 2016, the company launched its industrial division, OTTO Motors, to provide self-driving vehicles for material transport to manufacturing and warehouse operators.

How are you being financed?

Our parent company, Clearpath Robotics, raised its first round of VC funding in March 2015 and its Series B funding in October 2016.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

Scaling a high-growth company is our biggest challenges. It’s something we’ve had a lot of practice with over the course of our business, but there are always growing pains associated when it comes to scaling up. From improving team communications to efficiently planning inventory stock, there’s a full range of factors that can be impacted when growing a company’s team, product line, and customer base.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

We’re fortunate to receive over 9,000 applicants each year for the positions we post on Clearpath Robotics and OTTO Motors. We open our application process to prospective team members globally, engage in recruitment activities with local universities, and engage in the online community through social media discussions and recruitment advertising.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

We were profitable within 18 months of inception and now we’re a multi-million dollar organization. Addressing the market needs to ensure a product-market fit is our number focus, and we do this by listening to our customers and iterating on products and solutions quickly to ensure we provide the highest value possible. Expanding with our industrial division was an important strategic move for us since OTTO Motors serves a very separate market (ie: manufacturers in industry) than the Clearpath Robotics business (i.e: researchers in academia).

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

The biggest lesson we’ve learned is how to manage growth, yet with more growth, comes more growing pains. So although we’ve learned a lot, there is always more to gain!

Quebec City Dubuc Motors eco sports car takes on Tesla

Dubuc Motors is creating a new generation of luxurious and eco-friendly supercars. The company’s first car, the Tomahawk, will revolutionize the car industry as the first all-electric 2+2 sports car with a long range. Dubuc Motors’ innovators, robust technical team and seamless software unite to make the American automotive industry rule the roads again.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?
The company was co-founded by Mike Kakogiannakis and Mario Dubuc, beginning market research and product design on the Tomahawk in 2004. Built out of a passion for cars, Dubuc Motors aims to build a car that is green, beautiful, luxurious and comfortable for many different build models. Mario’s extensive engineering experience leads the Tomahawk to be built more like a machine than a car. As such, the company has advisors that specialize in tech and entrepreneurship rather than seasoned auto industry veterans.

How are you being financed?
Dubuc Motors has been fully self-funded to date. Pending the approval of our Title IV filing with the SEC, our Testing The Waters (TTW) StartEngine campaign will go live and we will begin our equity raise. The TTW campaign has raised more than $6 million in reservations and we look forward to working with our community to debut the Tomahawk in 2018.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?
Time is the most precious commodity in life and also our biggest obstacle moving ahead. We intend to start production in 2018, so every minute counts!

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?
Having engaged and worked with colleges and universities on projects in the past, we have the privilege of building good relationships with many and are often recommended the brightest minds right out of college. We are fortunate to gather talented people who are passionate in our space and love our product. We also receive a great number of CV’s and presentations.

Who is your biggest competition?
Rather than competitors, we see ourselves as completing the current Tesla line. We offer more range with a sports car design and offer comfortable seating for drivers up to 6’5″ which is uncommon for a sports car. Other 2+2 seater sports cars don’t have an eco-friendly component, which makes the Tomahawk truly unique.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?
Being in the automotive space – more precisely the luxury car industry – we expect to generate millions of dollars in revenue selling our Tomahawk sports car. The retail price is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and we anticipate the demand will be phenomenal.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project?
Don’t take advice from someone you’re not willing to trade places with. As entrepreneurs, we get caught up in this world of over populated information and it’s crucial to discern and evaluate the valuable intel. We constantly strive to learn from titans in all industries and study their habits more so today than ever before.

Website: dubucmotors.com

Want to reserve your car?  Reserve it here: https://www.startengine.com/startup/dubuc-motors