Electric vehicles on every Canadian city street by the end of this decade

Compared with more than a century of gas-powered cars, we’re still in our electric youth. Electric-vehicle (EV) sales won’t likely surge ahead of their gas counterparts any time soon, but in the 2020s, expect to see a lot more EVs in your neighbourhood.

As of the third quarter of 2019, which ended Oct. 31, EVs – including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and a handful of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles – counted for 3.5 per cent of total passenger vehicle sales in Canada.

That’s up from 2.2 per cent in 2018, and it’s higher in the two provinces with provincial incentives. In British Columbia, EVs make up 10 per cent of total sales. In Quebec, 7 per cent.

That might not sound like a lot, but it’s been growing every year.

In the first three quarters of 2019, Canadians bought 43,703 EVs, up about 28 per cent from 34,074 in the same three quarters in 2018, according to Electric Mobility Canada, a pro-EV non-profit. By 2025, Ottawa hopes EVs will count for 10 per cent of all vehicle sales.

This year, sales were up in every province except Ontario, where they fell after the provincial government axed the EV rebate, which offered up to $14,000 to buy new, environmentally friendly vehicles.

If they build it?

How many electric vehicles are there on Canadian roads? As of October, there were roughly 136,000 BEVs and PHEVs in Canada. In 2014, there were just 10,000.

EVs count for about 0.5 per cent of the 23 million passenger vehicles on Canadian roads.

Worldwide, more than four million BEVs and PHEVs have been sold so far – and that’s been predicted to increase to 125 million by 2030.

What’s behind the increase in Canada? In May, Ottawa introduced incentives of $2,500 for PHEVs and $5,000 for BEVs this year.

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