Canada’s Most Popular EV, Tesla Model 3, Not Eligible for Federal Rebate


In this May 19, 2019 file photo, a line of unsold 2019 Model 3 sedans sits at a Tesla dealer in Littleton, Colorado (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, file).

The Ottawa-Tesla Model 3 does not top the list of Canada’s most rebated electric vehicles.

The Ministry of Transport states that the popular battery-powered vehicle was removed from the federal zero-emission vehicle rebate eligibility list in late November.

The automaker has raised the base price of the Model 3 to $ 59,990. This is well above the $ 45,000 eligible price to get a $ 5,000 rebate.

In 2019, the company reduced its price to just under $ 45,000 and made it a target for rebates.

Nearly 35,000 Tesla have qualified since the rebate program began in May 2019. This is more than double that of the second-placed Toyota Prius.

Over the last three years, more than $ 500 million has been spent on EV rebates, of which more than one-third has been paid to Tesla.

NS Mia Loveson

Canadian press