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08/31/2018 15:57 EDT | Updated 08/31/2018 15:57 EDT

Ontario Extends Rebate To Tesla Buyers After Losing Court Case

The PC government is winding down a rebate for electric cars.

A Tesla car is seen during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
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A Tesla car is seen during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

TORONTO — Ontario will include Tesla buyers in the wind-down of its electric vehicle rebate program after a court ruled the government was wrong to exclude cars sold through the automaker's dealerships.

Transportation Minister John Yakabuski says the province will not appeal the decision delivered last week.

Tesla launched the case after the government ended the rebate program worth up to $14,000 per vehicle on July 11.

The government said at the time it would extend the rebates to vehicles already sold through dealerships if they were delivered and registered within 60 days.

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It later clarified that the extension only applied to vehicles sold through franchised dealerships, which excluded Tesla's Ontario dealerships.

Superior Court Judge Frederick Myers ruled that Tesla's exclusion from a grace period for the program was arbitrary and had singled out the company for harm.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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