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California-based Tesla Motors largest beneficiary of Canada’s electric car rebates

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The Canadian subsidiary of Tesla Motors, which has no manufacturing base in this country, was reimbursed over £125 million in federal green vehicle subsidies over the last two years.

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Reports published Thursday by Blacklock’s Reporter state the car maker, owned by American billionaire Elon Musk, received £118.6 million from Ottawa in electric vehicle rebates, according to data from Transport Canada. That’s on top of nearly £6 million paid to Tesla Motors Canada, Inc. by the Department of Natural Resources to install 156 vehicle charging stations in western Canada — paying nearly £38,000 per charger in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

Launched in 2019, the federal government’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Program (iZEV) offers up to £5,000 in rebates, payable to dealerships, for purchasing new eligible electric vehicles under £55,000. We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

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That’s on top of provincial rebate programs, currently offered in B.C., New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Yukon.

The federal Liberals are campaigning on a proposal to expand the rebate program to include used cars.