$5,000 EV Incentive Starts In May, Tesla Models Ineligible

The $5,000 incentive for owners of electric vehicles takes effect on May 1, and the federal government just released its list of qualified vehicles. You will not see any Tesla models on the list because the incentive includes a $45,000 price limit.

“To be eligible for incentives, a vehicle must have a base-model manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $45,000 for passenger vehicles with six or fewer seats, and less than $55,000 for vehicles with seven or more seats,” the government said (via Electrek). “For eligible vehicles with six or fewer seats, higher-priced versions (trims) are eligible as long as the final manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $55,000 or less.”

All of the most popular electric vehicles are eligible for the incentive, excluding Tesla models, which have a higher MSRP. There is one exception. The Chevy Bolt EV has an MSRP of CAD$46,945 but is included in the list because the federal incentive can be combined with other provincial incentives, noted Electrek. The Chevy Bolt EV would start at only CAD$34,000 in Quebec.

While Tesla Model 3 is the most popular all-electric vehicle in the country, it has an MSRP of $53,700 on its website. A base Model 3 can be purchased for $47,000 as an off-the-menu item offline, according to the manufacturer. It’s unclear whether Tesla will make an arrangement with the government to make its Model 3 qualify for the program.

The following EVs are eligible for the incentive. Note, the list will be updated frequently, so check to see if new vehicles are added.

  • 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt
  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • 2018-2019 Ford Fusion Energi
  • 2018 Ford Focus
  • 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
  • 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
  • 2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
  • 2019 Hyundai Sonata PHEV
  • 2019 Kia Niro PHEV
  • 2019 Kia Niro EV
  • 2017-2020 Kia Optima PHEV
  • 2017-2020 Kia Soul EV
  • 2018-2010 MINI Cooper Countryman S E ALL4
  • 2018-2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • 2018-2019 Nissan Leaf
  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus
  • 2018-2019 Prius Prime
  • 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
  • 2018-2019 smart EQ fortwo cabriolet
  • 2018-209 smart EQ fortwo coupe
  • 2018 smart fortwo electric drive cabriolet
  • 2018 smart fortwo electric drive coupe


This is a test