The Canadian arm of Tesla, Inc., is taking the Ontario government to court, claiming it has been treated unfairly in the cancellation of a program providing rebates to residents who bought electric vehicles.
The Ontario Transportation Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
And to add insult to injury, Tesla is claiming that it has been singled out; other electric vehicle brands remain eligible for the rebate program during a transition period.
Customers who ordered their auto before July can still benefit from the program until mid-September - except for hundreds of Tesla customers, according to the firm.
"The decision has already inflicted substantial harm on Tesla Canada in the form of lost sales and the creation of an impression among Ontarians that Tesla Canada may be singled out for future arbitrary treatment under the law", says the statement filed August 10.
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But, according to Tesla, the MTO specified that "vehicles that have been orders directly from an original equipment manufacturer [as the government of Ontatio considers Tesla_ed.] but which have not been delivered, registered and plated on or before July 11, 2018 are not eligible for n EHVIP incentive".
Tesla said that it received no reasons for its exclusion, "which was an arbitrary and entirely unreasonable decision, and should be quashed".
Since 2010, the Ontario government had offered incentives to individuals purchasing or leasing hybrid-electric or electric vehicles.
It's unclear what Tesla Canada's policy is on refunding deposits to customers who may no longer be able to afford a Model 3 without the rebate, but Global News apparently spoke to one Mississauga man who was able to get his money back.
The Drive has reached out to Tesla for clarification and further comment and will update this story when we get a response.