Impossible to find a charging station in Ontario with the federal’s 25% rebate
A few days ago, I published the article TimeToElectrify Inc., dealerships and Tesla can’t offer Canada government’s 25% rebate on level 2 charging stations in Ontario. After reading many comments from my readers on Facebook, I decided to investigate further more the situation. To this day, 70 businesses have been approved to participate to the federal Energy Savings Rebate Program to people and businesses across Ontario. TimeToElectrify Inc. has been denied because I sell EV charging stations and no other Energy Star products. We can’t find any dealerships or Tesla on this approved list.
According to my research, amongst the 70 businesses, only The Home Depot Canada and Best Buy Canada sell EV charging stations but they can’t provide the 25% rebate as specified in the program. I had to walk in these businesses this morning to find out this information. It is impossible to purchase a residential level 2 EVSE with the federal’s 25% rebate in Ontario. Ridiculous !
Before publishing these articles, I contacted by email my MP’s office. He did not try to understand the problematic, but to confirm that my request had been denied, nothing more. To this day, I am directly communicating with two other MPs. All I know is that my ”file” is active. It’s a good sign. I trust that my political contact will talk about my situation with the federal government.
To become an approved retailer to offer the 25% rebate directly to the clients, a business has to sell products in at least 4 out of these 14 categories :
- ENERGY STAR certified washer
- ENERGY STAR certified dryer
- ENERGY STAR certified washer/dryer combo
- ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher
- ENERGY STAR certified tankless condensing water heater
- ENERGY STAR certified air purifier/room air cleaner
- ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat
- ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini split indoor unit (air source heat pump)
- ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners
- ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans
- ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifiers
- Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 3 certified refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers
- Electric vehicle home chargers
- Induction stovetops
My understanding of the situation is that the residential level 2 charging station have been added to the Energy Star products without thinking of the electric vehicles’ market. Nobody amongst civil servants, politicians, politcal staff, dealerships, EV advocates, business people (myself inlcuded) noticed this important flaw in the program. It took TimeToElectrify Inc.’s denied decision as an approved participant and my articles to demonstrate the problem.
I write today to inform future Ontario EV owners about the situation. I write so that civil servants and politicians find a solution BEFORE The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau meets the Governal General Julie Payette to call a federal general election. If this issue is not solved before the election is called, it is probable that no Ontario EV owners will ever be able to get the federal 25% rebate !