British Columbia leads Canada in EV adoption through the first three quarters of 2021

The number of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in Canada continues to rise, and two of the provinces with some of the best EV incentives in Canada are unsurprisingly leading the way.

According to new data from IHS Markit, British Columbia continues to lead Canada in ZEV registrations, reaching 13.0% of all new car registrations in Q3 2021.

British Columbia offers a $3,000 provincial incentive, as well as generous EV charging station rebates.

Quebec, which offers a $8,000 provincial rebate came in second place. ZEV market share in the province almost broke into double digits, reaching 9.9% in the third quarter.

Showing the effectiveness of rebates in increasing ZEV sales, Ontario was below the national average with just 3.1% ZEV registrations in the quarter. The most populous province in Canada has no provincial incentives.

Ontario was even outpaced by the Yukon Territory and Prince Edward Island, both of which have provincial incentives.

At the city level, the trend is similar. Vancouver has the country’s top ZEV adoption rate at 15.6%, following by Montreal at 10.9%.

Toronto lags far behind at 4.0%.

Compared to the same period last year, ZEV registrations have increased a massive 69%. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) saw a similar increase, up 18,055 units or 67% compared to Q3 2020.

The most popular BEV in Canada in Q3 was Tesla with 7,909 registrations.

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