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Electric vehicle sales surge, putting B.C. on track for emission reductions

More than 54,000 light-duty electric vehicles were registered in B.C. last year

April 7, 2021  The Canadian Press

VICTORIA — Electric vehicles are selling in record numbers in British Columbia.

The provincial government says more than 54,000 light-duty electric vehicles were registered in B.C. last year.

Energy Minister Bruce Ralston says 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.

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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% 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% by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040.