Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Changes Program after Buyers of $1.1 Million Porches Get $5,000 Rebates

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Changes Program after Buyers of $1.1 Million Porches Get $5,000 Rebates

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Taxpayers give rebates for $1 million e-cars

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HAMILTON - Premier Kathleen Wynne says she agrees people who can fork out $1 million for an electric car don't need to get a rebate from Ontario taxpayers.

The CBC reports that five Ontario drivers who purchased a Porsche Spyder hybrid, which retails for about $1.1 million, got $5,000 rebates from the province's electric vehicle incentive program last year.

The province also provided similar rebates for dozens of other drivers who purchased a BMW i8 at $362,000 or a Fiskar Karma at $212,000.

Wynne says anybody who's paying that kind of money for a car probably doesn't need a rebate from taxpayers.

She points out there were few electric cars available when the program was launched in 2010, and says the government has changed the rules so only vehicles that sell for under $150,000 are eligible for a rebate. …

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