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ZEV registrations up; B.C. and QC account for 76.0%

Market share for zero-emissions vehicles increased in 2020, with the percentage of new ZEV registrations in Canada accounting for 3.52% of new light vehicle registrations, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC). 

The increase was small when considering the majority of new light vehicles sold in the country during that period were Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. Still, the growth is notable when compared to the under-one-per cent of new ZEV registrations from 2016.

“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,” said Andrew King, Managing Partner at DAC.

The company notes that demand has been far from uniform across different regions, with Ontario experiencing a decline in ZEV penetration from 2.05% in 2018, to 1.23% in 2019 — likely thanks to the removal of provincial incentives. “ZEV share has yet to recover, sitting at 1.75% for 2020,” said DAC. 

As for other provinces, battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 8.40% of new light vehicle registrations in British Columbia in 2020, the highest share in any province, including Quebec.

However, Quebec managed 6.81% for 2020, below B.C. figures — but in terms of volume, DAC said nearly half of all Canadian ZEVs registered last year were registered in la belle province

Together, B.C. and Quebec accounted for a significant 76.0% of all ZEV light vehicle registrations in Canada, “with large parts of the Prairies and Atlantic Canada seeing but a scattering of ZEVs sold in 2020,” said DAC.

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