Buying an electric car becomes cheaper today as federal rebates kick in


OTTAWA — Federal rebates to encourage Canadians to buy electric cars take effect today.

The rebates, announced in the last Liberal budget, will take up to $5,000 off the cost of electric vehicles, and $2,500 off plug-in hybrids, but they apply only to cars that cost less than $45,000.

Ottawa is raising that to $55,000 to increase the options a buyer can choose and still receive the rebate, but the price limit means the most popular electric car in Canada — the Tesla Model 3 — is not going to qualify.

Nine electric cars and 13 plug-in hybrids are eligible, including the second- and third-most popular electric cars, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt.

Electric-car experts say there is no doubt government incentives help drive electric-car purchases, noting when the new conservative government in Ontario killed a $14,000 rebate last year, electric-car sales in that province plummeted.

Road transportation accounts for as much as one-fifth of Canada’s emissions and the incentives are part of the federal government’s strategy to meet its international targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to halt climate change.

The Canadian Press


  1. Biggest problem is electric cars are no cleaner than a diesel car. The one thing people forget to take into account with these electric cars is you still have to mine the ore to make the steel to make the car, transportation… you have to also mine all the lithium for the batteries too, plus they have to be replaced every 10 years. On top of that you then have to remember electricity is never totally clean, so add on the pollution from that too, and when you add it up, electric cars are not “clean” at all. They should not be giving out rebates for these cars…

    I wish government put more effort into hydrogen cars, this would solve the distance issue and would be pretty clean, as well as produce water at the end…

  2. Another government fail. These cars are far too underdeveloped and overpriced to be feasible yet, also you wouldn’t want to know how much it will set you back to replace the battery module when it fails. That alone would stop your prospective purchase dead in it’s tracks.

  3. A person can afford a 45000 dollar car and they deserve a rebate. Just proves that these cars are useless or they would sell on their own credibility. Why not give landlords who are willing to lower their rents a certain percentage a rebate so the most vulnerable can take advantage of a program that is taxpayer sponsored. But that won’t help the Liberals wealthy donators I guess.

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