Tesla has found a workaround to allow its a Canadian customer story enjoy the full government electric car subsidies. Previously the popular Tesla Model 3 was too expensive to qualify for the EV incentives.
To qualify for the $5000 rebate, electric cars must have a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of less than $45,000 (Canadian). The Model 3 was previously on sale in Canada for $47,000 - the same standard range model that was available in the US for $35,000.
For anyone considering an electric vehicle in the future. The Tesla Model 3 now qualifies for the Government of Canada's $5000 rebate.https://t.co/glpwFWyQYo— Stephen Connick (@sconnick) May 1, 2019
Clever workaround gets cars to Canadians
This car isn’t available on the Tesla website, not on the Canadian website. However, it seems Tesla is keen to get a foot in the door in Canada so has devised a clever way around the strict federal EV incentive restrictions.
It looks like Tesla has tweaked the Model 3 Standard Range to a software-limited 93-mile range vehicle that starts at $44,999.
Tesla found a way to get around pricing requirements for a Canadian EV incentive program -- but it had to get clever.https://t.co/Txq56WQYVJ— CNET News (@CNETNews) May 1, 2019
Making it just $1 under the cap set out by the Canadian federal government. You can order this car by phoning or dropping into a Tesla store.
Then because the base price is under $45,000, the Standard Range Plus also qualifies for the $5,000 incentive. This vehicle can be ordered online.
Tesla sneaky when necessary
While a 93-mile range vehicle is laughable, the workaround gets the cars to the owners in the fastest and cheapest way possible.
Tesla is known for its ability to sneak around regulations and restrictions.
They did something similar in Germany when Tesla was removed from the EV incentive lists due to its high costs. Tesla is determined to get their cars into every corner of the globe.
Model 3 sales go strong
They continue to dominate the U.S market and have a strong foothold in other big markets like Norway. Tesla’s Model 3 is the best selling electric car in the United States.
According to data from Inside EVs, Tesla sold 10,050 Model 3s in April 2019 with the runner up, the Toyota Prius Prime, only doing 1,399 sales. Tesla is able to sell cars, but it still struggles to make a profit.
Unlike its competitors, Tesla can’t make up for its losses with profits from internal-combustion vehicles. Tesla isn’t ever far from the news headlines with both good and bad press.
In the last few days, stories have included the news that the company is being sued by the family of a man who died in a horrific crash while traveling in a Model X.