The final cut of the 9th episode of the Tesla Motors Club Podcast, featuring Chad Schwitters, the former president of Plug In America, is now available. You can watch it now on YouTube or listen to it on all major podcast networks.
Tesla is shut out because "incentives will no longer be provided for PHEVs or BEVs with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $75,000 or more" and the S75D starts at CDN$96,650. When the Model 3 becomes available in Canada, rebates should be available for it. I would argue that not holding hydrogen vehicles to the same $75K limit is unfair. Also, having incentives for PHEVs (disclosure: I'm a Volt driver currently) that are the same as for BEVs seems wrong to me. The fact that a Pacifica or Volt gets a higher rebate than a BMW i3 or Smart fortwo doesn't seem right to me. PHEV owners could simply take the $14K rebate and never, ever plug their vehicles in. Nice rebate for what could amount to an ICE vehicle.
Correct. When the incentive first came out, it was $8,500 pretty much across the board. Then they revamped it and raised the maximum but capped cars costing above $75k to a $3,000 incentive. Then they reversed that decision and raised the cap to $150,000 allowing Teslas to get the full incentive. Now they've gone back to the $75k cap but reduced the incentive right down to zero.
Interesting that the program now covers hydrogen cars with no purchase price cap (only BEV and PHEV have the cap).
The incentives for the handful of relatively long range PHEVs like the Volt don't bother me as much, but it's perverse the way luxury PHEVs with less than 30 km range are favored by their system.
A $74,999 base +15k in options BMW with 23 km AER gets a $7,000 rebate, but a $96,000 Tesla nothing?
I agree that exemption for hydrogen is ridiculous, but they want to keep Toyota happy. Ditto for Chrysler, so no surprise that the Pacifica hybrid is still eligible for the full $14,000 off.
The Québec government has taken delivery of the first of 50 Mirais and in combination with Ottawa will be paying for hydrogen stations. Just wish Ontario doesn't go down this route as well. An investigative report by TVA revealed close ties between hydrogen lobbyists and the (currently in power) Quebec liberal party. When questioned about this hydrogen kick, a Minister's excuse was that Toyota will be paying the government's hydrogen for three years. What a deal, you pay at least two million in construction costs to get fuel for three years.