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Tesla beats Ontario government in 'unjust' EV rebate case

A court ruled the government's transition plan unfairly affected the EV maker.

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Tesla has won its case against the Ontario government over electric vehicle rebates. Back in June, Ontario's new government axed the province's Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program, a scheme which gave EV buyers rebates of up to $14,000 (around $10,700 US). Tesla's problem stemmed from the government's decision to continue, until September 10th, to honor rebates for those who bought an EV through a dealership -- Tesla sells its vehicles directly to buyers, and so claims the decision "unjustly targeted" Tesla Canada and its customers.

Tesla filed a lawsuit against the government's transition plan, which a court has now found to be unfair and unlawful. In the court's decision, Justice Frederick L Myers wrote that "the [Government of Ontario's] asserted rationale for limiting the transition program to franchised dealerships is laden with factual assumptions that were susceptible to being proved or disproved with evidence." A spokesperson for the Ontario government says it is reviewing the ruling, and will make a decision on how to proceed in the coming days.

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