As of January 2021, over 74,000 zero-emissions vehicles have been purchased by Canadians with help from the federal government’s electric vehicle (EV) buying incentive.
This incentive launched all the way back in 2017 and allows Canadians to get up to $5,000 back from their purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle that costs less than $55,000.
As of January 2021, over 74,000 eligible zero-emission vehicles have been purchased under the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program, which will help reduce emissions by up to 296,000 tonnes each year! #GreenerTomorrow 🌱 pic.twitter.com/WRdvzZf5a2
— Transport Canada (@Transport_gc) May 7, 2021
This isn’t as substantial as the rebate Quebec offers that can range up to $8,000, but it’s still more than the $3,000 option B.C. residents can take advantage of.
In the announcement tweet, Transport Canada also mentions that replacing 74,000 gasoline cars with ZEV (zero emissions vehicles) options has reduced Canada’s emissions by 296,000 tonnes each year. That said, while it’s good news to see gas-powered cars slowly being replaced with EVs across Canada, the country still has a long way to go.
Statistic’s Canada shared earlier this year that around 3.5 percent of new vehicle sales in Canada are zero-emission vehicles.
Source: Transport Canada