Data from Statistics Canada shows that more people are buying battery electric vehicles (BEVs), while at the same time fewer Canadians are buying internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
The data, which is current up to the end of the third quarter of 2021, shows that there were 15,845 new BEV registrations between July and September last year.
That is a 25.7% increase compared to the same quarter in 2020 (12,601), and a 56.6% increase from Q3 2019 when 10,120 new BEVs were registered across the country.
In terms of BEV adoption by province, three hold the lion’s share of registrations.
Quebec leads the way with 6,258 new registrations in Q3 2021, followed by British Columbia (4,831) and Ontario (3,671).
The next closest was New Brunswick with 136 BEV registrations in the three month period.
The rising figures are in contrast to those of ICE vehicles, which have been on a downward trend for several years.
Gasoline-powered vehicles saw a 15.9% decline in registrations, while diesel-powered vehicles saw an even larger 26.2% drop when compared to Q3 2021.