B.C. leading North America in zero-emission vehicle uptake
The Canadian PressGeneral Automotive
Provincial 2020 report says ZEV sales represented nearly 10% of all new light-duty vehicle sales in B.C.
VICTORIA – Electric vehicles are selling in record numbers in British Columbia. The provincial government says more than 54,000 light-duty zero-emission vehicles were registered in B.C. last year.
According to Energy Minister Bruce Ralston, that’s the highest reported uptake rate of electric vehicles in North America, making the province a leader in the industry.
B.C.’s annual zero-emission vehicle report says residents are also adopting electric technology in less traditional ways, including motorcycles and cargo e-bikes, spurred by a vehicle incentive program.
The report tracks B.C.’s progress for its zero-emission vehicle targets and the province is on track to exceed the 2025 targets with light-duty electric vehicle sales representing 9.4 per cent of all such vehicle sales last year.
The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act requires vehicle makers to meet increasing annual levels of electric vehicle sales of 10 per cent by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040.