Electric Car

EVs gain a little traction in Canada ahead of new model choices

TORONTO — Electric vehicles gained a little traction last year in Canada but a bigger boost could follow the introduction of new models including Ford’s F-150 Lightning pickup, which was officially unveiled Wednesday.

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says zero-emission vehicles accounted for 3.52 per cent of Canadian new light vehicle registrations in 2020, up from less than one per cent in 2016.

Sales are highly dependent on financial incentives. British Columbia has the highest share of new ZEV sales with battery electric and plug-in hybrids accounting for 8.4 per cent of overall vehicle sales, according to DesRosiers.

Quebec is next at 6.81 per cent, although nearly half of all electric cars in Canada are registered in the province.

B.C. and Quebec account for 76 per cent of all ZEV light vehicle registrations.

Demand in Ontario dropped after provincial incentives were removed, with ZEV penetration moving to 1.75 per cent last year from 1.23 per cent in 2019 and 2.05 per cent in 2018.

“Currently, the ZEV market leans heavily on incentive programs and as incentive programs shift in scope and availability, so too does demand for these vehicles.” stated Andrew King, managing partner of DAC.

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