Tesla is about to start Model 3 deliveries to customers in Canada and it is now officially added to the list of eligible vehicles for the EV incentives of some provinces, including Ontario’s generous CA$14,000 incentive.
In the US, Model 3 reservation holders are currently focused on Tesla hitting the mark of its 200,000th delivery in the country since that’s when the phase-out of the $7,500 federal tax credit will start.
While there’s no federal incentive in Canada, there are some significant incentives at the provincial level.
Ontario has by far the most important one with up to $14,000 at the purchase of an all-electric vehicle.
Tesla Model S and Model X buyers recently lost access to the incentive after a sudden change in the rules last month.
But now the Model 3 was officially added to the list of eligible vehicles this week – becoming the only Tesla vehicles on the list:
Considering the Model 3 starting price of $45,600 CAD in Canada, the vehicle starts at only $31,600 CAD ($25,100 USD) before taxes.
Though that’s the base price when the vehicle will be available in all configuration. Buyers who want the car right now need to order with the ‘Long Range’ battery pack and ‘Premium Package.’
The Model 3 was also added to the list of eligible electric vehicles for the $8,000 incentive in Quebec this week:Earlier this year, Tesla accelerated the planned launch of the Model 3 in Canada from “late 2018” to “mid 2018” and the first invites to configure went out during the third week of March.
Deliveries should start very soon.
As we previously reported, we estimate that the number of Model 3 reservation holders in Canada is extremely high per capita – in the mid-tens of thousands total in my opinion.
I think many will wait for the all-wheel-drive option and the standard battery pack, but the current configuration alone is likely to be enough for Tesla to secure a significant number of orders, especially for those looking to lock in those generous incentives.
There’s not a phase-out deadline like the federal tax credit in the US, but Ontario has an election coming in June and polls indicate that the Liberal Party, which implemented the incentive, is going out and the Conservative Party, which has been opposed to the EV incentive, could potentially take over.
I’ve received some feedback from Model 3 reservation holders in Ontario who are nervous about the possibility of the incentive being gone by the time they can take delivery.
There are a lot of unknowns in this scenario, but it looks like it shouldn’t be an issue with the current RWD Long Range battery pack configuration – it’s more of a risk for the other configurations.
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