Bad news for Tesla Model S and Model X buyers in Ontario, Canada. The government quietly modified its generous electric car incentive program – removing access to current Tesla buyers.
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Ontario’s government is offering one of the most generous direct electric vehicle incentive – between $6,000 and $14,000 to support the purchase or lease of eligible battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
The incentive resulted in a massive 120% increase in EV sales in the province last year.
Until February 2017, Tesla buyers had no access to this full incentive since cars with MSRPs between $75,000 and $150,000 were capped at a $3,000 incentive.
The government lifted the cap a year ago and lowered the entry price of the Model S and X in Canada in the process.
It helped Tesla achieved record sales in the country last year with 75% increase in sales for the Model X and 14% increase for the Model S.
But now the Ontario government updated its website bringing back the MSRP limit and removing Tesla’s vehicles from the list of eligible cars in the process.
The unexpected change is sure to affect Tesla’s sales in Canada’s biggest province in terms of population.
When it becomes available in Canada, the Model 3 would technically be eligible under the current rules.