Doug Ford’s rebate defense declined by Ontario courts

By CRM Staff

Toronto, Ontario — August 29, 2018 — A law-suit brought against Ontario concerning the electric car rebates in mid-August has ended with the province’s defeat at the hands of Tesla Motors Canada.

While the Ontario government said they are reviewing the ruling, a Tesla representative said they are pleased with the final decisions to turn down the government’s transition plan.
The law suit began when Ontario Premier Doug Ford decided to take away the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP). The purpose of the program was to offer rebates of up to $14,000 on qualifying vehicles.

When this happened, the province honoured the rebates for people who have their vehicle delivered, registered and plated if it was purchased from a dealer before Sept.10. But they said the rebate would end right away if anyone ordered directly from the manufacturer, which would be Tesla’s customers.

In mid-August Tesla Canada sued the Ontario provincial government for cancelling the electric vehicle rebate and causing a loss in sales for the company. Tesla Canada argued the government deliberately and arbitrarily excluded its
customers, while providing no warning or the chance to offer any input.

The Ontario government is now reviewing the ruling and will be making a decision on what they will do now.

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