The Ontario government says it will not appeal a Superior Court decision in favor of Tesla Motors Canada over the cancellation of electric vehicle rebates.
“The Ministry [of Transportation] will abide by the court’s decision and I have directed the ministry to expand the wind-down process for the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program,” Transportation Minister John Yakabuski said in a statement released on Friday.
Ontario Superior Court Judge Frederick Myers ruled that the provincial government’s decision to exclude Tesla from a grace period for an electric vehicle rebate program was arbitrary and had singled out Tesla for harm on Monday.
The ruling required the government to review the program so that it includes Tesla or provides adequate justification for the company’s exclusion.
Yakabuski said incentives will be provided as long as vehicles were purchased from a dealer or directly from manufacturers by July 11 and delivered to customers, registered and plated on or before Sept. 10. That will be under updated conditions. This would effectively include Tesla customers in the rebate program if their purchase falls within the given dates.
“This is likely only the first of many decisions against the Ford government’s decision to rip up hundreds of cap-and-trade and green energy contracts,” Sara Singh, the Ontario NDP critic for the Ministry of the Attorney General, said in a statement.