Tesla resumes deliveries in British Columbia after temporary pause due to EV rebate fund shortage

Tesla was forced to temporarily pause some Model 3 and Model Y deliveries in British Columbia earlier this week as the provincial electric vehicle (EV) rebate fund ran low on money. Despite no additional money being added to the fund by the government yet, Tesla has since promised to restart deliveries and honour the rebate, which can be as much as $4,000, depending on your level of income.

The CleanBC Go Electric rebate fund has been around since 2015 and has been instrumental in accelerating zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) market share in the province, which as of the most recent report last month now sits at 18.1%. After some changes to Tesla’s lineup last month with the addition of the new Model Y RWD, three Tesla vehicle are now eligible for the rebate, with the others being the Model 3 RWD and Model Y Long Range.

Buyers of these vehicles received some bad news earlier this week as Tesla informed them their delivery was being put on hold. The reason for the hold was because the New Car Dealers Association informed Tesla and other dealers the rebate fund had dipped below $1 million, and with ZEVs flying off the shelves across the province, there was no guarantee the rebate would be available for everyone.

However the pause was short lived. Tesla has started informing customers on Wednesday they are resuming deliveries because the government’s intention to continue the CleanBC Go Electric Rebate program is clear. They are so confident the fund will be topped up, like it always has in the past, Tesla says it will honour the rebate amount and credit the customer’s invoice with the amount owed should the government not follow through.

Were you affected by this temporary pause? Has your delivery been scheduled now that Tesla is honouring the rebate while funds are being added? Let us know in the comments below.

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