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
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.
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.