The federal government has been taken by surprise with the number of applications for the EV rebate since it was launched in May 2019. According to Transport Canada the program has inspired more EV sales than expected.

By January 19, 2020 Canadian EV buyers have received more than $134 million in rebates of up to $5,000. The program was initially funded for $300 million.

Transport Canada says that after the launch EV sales were up 32 percent over the same period the previous year.

Garneau expressed encouragement with the uptake and suggested that the government is looking at increasing funding and perhaps expanding the rebate to used vehicles.

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