The summer months saw tense times for EV drivers and producers as Doug Ford recalled the cap and trade program, and with it the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP), ending benefits for EV drivers and leaving rcente Tesla purchasers in the lurch. Tesla responded with a lawsuit responding to a language change which excluded Tesla models from the remaining rebate grace period.
No Appeal on Tesla vs. Ontario
At the end of August, CBC reported that “The Ontario government […] will not appeal a Superior Court decision in favour of Tesla Motors Canada over the cancellation of electric vehicle rebates.”
Incentives will now be extended to all vehicles registered on or before September 10th. While this expansion comes as welcome news for purchasers, the unfortunate fact remains barriers to EV adoption have been reinstated: those Ontarians planning to buy an EV in the future will not benefit from green incentivization.
The Tesla Semi, part of Walmart Canada’s delivery fleet. Image courtesy of engadget/a>
Tesla Trucks En Route to Ontario Roads
However the cancellation of EHVIP hasn’t put an end to Tesla’s presence in the province, with Walmart Canada recentlty announcing the growth of their Tesla delivery truck fleet from 10 to 40, with 20 of these vehicles bound for Ontario.