Tesla files suit against Ontario government over cancelled EV rebates

Tesla files suit against Ontario government over cancelled EV rebates

Tesla summons Ontario Government over cancelled e-vehicle incentive program.as indicated by case filed in court on August 10, electric vehicle manufacturing company - Tesla Inc is prosecuting the Ontario government due to the Canadian province's wiping out of an electric vehicle incentive program. Tesla said that the Ministry of Transportation excluded the electric vehicle maker from its transition plan after it ended the rebate program.

Neither Tesla nor the Ontario government immediately responded to AFP's requests for comment.

In July, shortly after coming to power in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative government under Doug Ford cancelled a slew of green energy initiatives, including an Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program that provided rebates of up to C$14,000 ($10,640) for people who bought electric cars.

"This decision has also already inflicted substantial harm on Tesla Canada in the form of lost sales", said the electric vehicle company.

Customers who have been waiting for Tesla Model 3 cars to be delivered say the Ontario government move has them rethinking their purchase.

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It claims that Tesla was singled out and that purchasers of other brands will still get rebates during a transition period.

Tesla said that it received no reasons for its exclusion, "which was an arbitrary and entirely unreasonable decision, and should be quashed". The incentives were funded by Ontario's cap-and-trade program, which the government also canceled in the name of reducing gas prices.

Customers who ordered their vehicle before July can still benefit from the program until mid-September - except for hundreds of Tesla customers, according to the firm.

The Drive has reached out to Tesla for clarification and further comment and will update this story when we get a response.

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