EVs on the road in Canada double in a year

Number jumps from 1,600 to over 4,000 in a year

November 5, 2013
by Fleet Management staff

TORONTO, ON–Last year, Canada more than doubled the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road from approximately 1,600 to over 4,000, according to WWF-Canada’s new EV National Status Update.

According the WWF, transportation accounts for nearly 30 percent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The organization sees EVs as critical to helping meet Canada’s short and long term climate targets. Provinces including Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, and some cities, have already integrated EVs into their provincial climate change strategies.

As part of a long-term vision for tackling climate change, WWF has set the ambitious goal of getting 600,000 EVs on Canada’s roads by 2020. This would require 10 percent of all vehicle sales to be electric within the next 10 years. If achieved, that target will put Canada on the path toward the 80 percent reduction in GHG emissions needed by 2050.

Highlighting the status of EVs in Canada’s leading provinces, the report compares progress in Canada with global EV leaders such as California and Norway. The analysis demonstrates that more national, provincial and municipal government programs are needed for EVs to reduce emissions in Canada on a scale that matches the technology’s potential.

The WWF makes the following recommendations to help increase EV penetration in Canada:

  • Incentive programmes work and should be expanded: BC, Ontario and Quebec are demonstrating that EV purchase incentives pay off. Other provinces should follow suit.
  • Infrastructure is needed: Provincial governments, utilities and municipalities need to develop new policies and programmes that encourage installing charging stations in workplaces and public areas.
  • Canadians need more hands-on experience with EVs: Employers, manufacturers, NGOs, and car-sharing and rental companies should increase opportunities for Canadians to try out EVs.

Click here to download the Transportation rEVolution: Electric Vehicle Status Update 2013 report.

Click here to view the Electric Vehicle Status Update 2013 Infographic.