Canada’s Battery Electric Vehicle Registrations Increase in Q1 2021

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As electric vehicles (EVs) grow in popularity throughout the world, Canada remains an important battleground for the new technology, and the amount of zero-emission registrations for battery-powered cars is growing each year.

Canada’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations rose 0.9 percent year-over-year in 2021’s first quarter, with nearly three-quarters of all zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) registrations being BEVs for a total of 73.4 percent, according to Statistics Canada.

The adoption of EVs can be attributed in part to Canada’s Federal incentive program, the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program, which was originally established in 2019 and offers Canadians up to $5,000 in rebates on purchases of new ZEVs.

According to earlier reports, Vancouver remained a staple for EV adoption, with British Columbia as a whole taking second in ZEV registrations to Quebec in Q1, with registered totals of 6,119 and 6,901 EVs, respectively.

Last month, Canada announced plans to accelerate its ZEV sales target to 2035, ahead of the originally planned new gas car sales ban set for 2040.

While BEV sales remain a significant factor in considering the adoption of EVs, charging infrastructure will play an important role as those sales continue to increase.

Electrify America announced plans to double its EV charging stations in Canada and the U.S. by 2025, having already reached 600 total earlier this year. In addition, Canadian company ChargerQuest has raised $3.1 million to expand the charging network in Canada, with plans to expand chargers starting in B.C., Quebec, and Ontario.

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