Government expands electric vehicle rebate program to include trucks, vans and SUVs

The federal government is expanding its electric vehicle rebate program to include larger vehicles such as vans, SUVs and trucks that were not previously eligible.

The program, launched in 2019, offers a rebate of $5,000 for fully electric vehicles and $2,500 for hybrid vehicles

Starting next week, the rebate will be extended to cars with a base model price of less than $55,000 and SUVs, pickups and minivans with a base model price of less than $60,000.

Consumers who purchase these vehicles can choose higher trim levels or add options worth up to $10,000 while still qualifying for the rebate.

This means that a car with a base model price of $55,000 with a trim price of $65,000 would still qualify, while a car with a base model price of $60,000 would not qualify. .

For example, the Tesla Model 3, with a base price of $61,380, would be excluded from the program, while the “premium” version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, priced just over $61,895, would be excluded. eligible.

The previous rebate was only available for cars priced below $55,000.

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The expansion of the program was announced in the budget earlier this month, but Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced the new details on Friday.

“The incentive program expansion I’m announcing today will provide Canadians with more opportunities to purchase or lease the vehicle that meets their needs,” he said.

In addition to the price cap expansion, the full $5,000 rebate will now also be offered to hybrid vehicles with an electric range of 50 kilometers or more.

The budget allocated $1.7 billion to continue the program through 2025 and expand its reach.

The government is aiming for 100% of new vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2035.

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