Tesla Semi Qualifies For $60,000 Discount In Ontario, Other Electric Trucks Too

DEC 15 2017 BY MARK KANE 25

Canada’s province of Ontario is set to introduce rebates for electric truck purchases that could jump-start the market and help out companies like Tesla and BYD.

Tesla Semi

The new program is expected to offer rebates of up to 60% off the purchase costs (up to C$75,000 or nearly US$60,000 per vehicle).

It would be a major boost for Tesla, who priced its Semi at $150,000 (300 miles range) and $180,000 (500 miles range). Several companies from Canada already placed reservations for the Tesla Semi, possibly with the mindset that this rebate would become reality.

In the case of BYD, Ontario is targeted for its electric truck assembly facility.

“The rebate program comes as Ontario is working to attract electric vehicle manufacturers and parts-suppliers. The automaking province has lost ground in recent years to lower-cost jurisdictions like Mexico and the southern United States.

The rebates are being offered through a C$12 million fund, for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2018.

The government used an existing incentive program to help attract BYD, which recently announced it will open an Ontario factory to assembly 900 electric vehicles over the next five years, Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said by email.”

Press release:

Ontario to Offer Rebates for Businesses Buying Low-Carbon Vehicles

New Program Funded by Province’s Cap on Pollution

BYD all-electric refuse truck (Photo courtesy of the City of Palo Alto, Calif.)

Ontario is helping businesses reduce their carbon impact through a new program that helps companies buy low-carbon vehicles and fuel-saving devices. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

The Green Commercial Vehicle Program will provide rebates towards the purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles and fuel-saving devices, making it more affordable for businesses to own and operate greener vehicles. Eligible vehicles and devices include electric and natural gas-powered trucks, aerodynamic and anti-idling devices, and electric refrigeration units. Applications for the program will start in early 2018.

Making it easier for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

See Ontario’s Green Commercial Vehicle Program here.

Source: Reuters

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25 Comments on "Tesla Semi Qualifies For $60,000 Discount In Ontario, Other Electric Trucks Too"

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That’s a pretty hefty rebate. We will probably see a lot more truck orders out of Canada.

I think that in NY state there is a similar rebate (intent and dollar value) from NYSERDA available.

With more incentives the EV semi market could really take off, less imported oil and cleaner air.

Why? here is the reason “Why”
Jun 12, 2012· Diesel engine fumes cause lung cancer and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, … Diesel exhaust fumes cause lung cancer…
Diesel exhaust fumes cause lung cancer, WHO ( World Heath Organization) says | Reuters

Benzene in gasoline/Diesel causes cancer

I ask here and now: Do jet engines also emit dangerous, carcinogens? And how about “Cold Starts” for all gasoline powered vehicles? Are we being baffled by BS like the cigarette folks did especially about lung damage? Global Warming cannot be more important than this?

I ask: are nano carbon particles produced by ICE(Internal Combustion Engines)? Are they also dangerous?

add to that the fact that Canada has loads of CHEAP clean electricity.
Once a good % of their vehicles are electric, they will be able to quit importing oil.
Same for America. In fact, with America, once we have some 15% of our vehicles converted to EVs, we will not import any oil for our needs.

Not in Ontario, where most Canadians live. (I think Toronto alone holds a whopping 15%).

The electric rates are so bad some are fearful industry will move out to ‘greener pastures’ sooner rather than later.

I find it amazing since historically their rates have been so much cheaper than mine. But I sure wouldn’t trade places with them now.

In Ontario we made a move completely off coal in the last decade. And new hydroelectric and new nuclear just isn’t going to happen, as those projects almost always end up as terrible boondoggles. The grid needed to be modernized after serious blackout problems in the early 2000s as well. Combine that with privatization of electricity sector, rates have climbed a bunch.

_However_ it’s important to point out that Ontario still sits in the middle of the pack when compared across all of the continent rather that Canada as a whole.

Right wing blowhards have been spending a lot of time on comment boards and articles trying to propagate the meme that these rates have everything to do with ‘green’ energy programmes, but this isn’t really the story here. And those people are strangely silent about privatization, which is a big part of what has happened with rates.

Quebec still has incredibly cheap electricity though.

Most Canadians of any other province live, not where most Canadians live.

@Bruce Miller:

Well of course, the answer to all those questions is “yes”. I think comparison of aviation emissions to Big Tobacco is unwarranted, however. I don’t think the airlines have any “Airline Institute” denying the reality that jet engines produce pollution or CO2 emissions.

More importantly, you have posed only binary, either/or questions. The important questions are not whether there are emissions, but how serious they are. According to Wikipedia:

These emissions are similar to a four-seat car with one person on board; however, flying trips often cover longer distances than would be undertaken by car, so the total emissions are much higher.


The IPCC has estimated that aviation is responsible for around 3.5% of anthropogenic climate change, a figure which includes both CO2 and non-CO2 induced effects.


So, with the rebate, a Tesla Semi is cheaper to purchase upfront than a comparable diesel rig. Nice

Keep in mind that the $150k – $180K price is in U.S. dollars and is almost 30% higher in Canadian dollars.

Why does this not sound correct? Going to have to look at this more closely.

Now that pre-sales are ramping up I expect more news from Tesla on their Mega Super Charger Network. Tesla is the only company that includes the Fast Charging AND the Vehicle.

Why? Tesla is adamant that operating cost will be 20% lower than diesel so that’s your rebate right there.

Ya right, I would actually be kind of annoyed if I was a Canadian tax payer. If the payback period is 2 years why is a rebate even needed at all!?!?!?

The fact that they will be able to stop importing gas/diesel AND will be able to lower their costs of business will be a HUGE means of lowering their export costs.

In fact,if America did the same, it would save American businesses some 5-10%. That is huge.

“If the payback period is 2 years why is a rebate even needed at all!?!?!?”

Because a rebate would help promote even faster switchover from diesel to BEV heavy trucks, which would reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the cost of nearly all consumer goods, pushing up the purchasing power of money, improving the economy of every industrialized nation in the world.

That would be a win-win-win for everybody except Big Oil. I’ll cry crocodile tears for their loss of profits!

To move the EV semi buying along quicker.

Elon – you’re a Canadian Citizen!!! Come home and build your trucks here in Ontario!!!

In other places they are saying that you can only get an up to 60% rebate on the DIFFERENCE in price between a regular truck and an electric.
If that is true it is not nearly as great, still good though. 🙂

Nice to see the Canadian government take some sensible action. Trucks benefit even more than cars from electric propulsion. Rather, that’s shorthand, and unpacked it means *society* benefits more from trucks having electric propulsion than cars. Therefore it makes even more sense to support trucks than cars until the ICE age ends.

Unfortunately this doesn’t solve the particulate problem, at least not where roads are asphalt (not sure if concrete is better or worse in this respect, but it’s surely not identical). High axle loads causes high road wear and creation of particulate matter.

First things first; get ICE vehicles off the road *then* worry about road erosion in your lungs.

Now we know the real reason WalMart ordered all those Tesla trucks for Canada. Rebate money!!!

Why do these billion dollar companies need a rebate?