Electric Vehicle Sales in Canada – Q3 2019

ZEVs now represent 3.5% of passenger vehicle sales in Canada (10% in BC, 7% in Quebec) since introduction of federal incentives

Electric Mobility Canada is pleased to publish its Q3-2019 EV sales report in Canada.

Record numbers of Canadian drivers continued to adopt Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in Q3. Third quarter sales of 16,091 ZEVs – a category that includes battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, but not conventional hybrids – increased 25% year-over-year in the first full quarter of the availability of federal purchase incentives through Transport Canada’s iZEV program.

Despite a modest decline in Zero Emission Vehicle sales from Q2 – widely expected, given automakers’ ongoing challenges of meeting vehicle supply – ZEVs achieved 3.5% market share in Canada in the third quarter.

While ZEV adoption has accelerated across Canada, uptake has been strongest in British Columbia and Quebec, the two provinces offering purchase incentives as well as policy mandates requiring that ZEVs represent a steadily increasing proportion of passenger vehicle sales.

Indeed, since the introduction of federal policy support in May, ZEV market share has exceeded 10% in British Columbia and 7% in Quebec.

For more details, read our full Q3-2019 EV sales report.

Q3 2019 Highlights

  • 25% year-over-year growth in ZEV sales and market share versus Q3 2018; minor quarter-over-quarter sales drop, as expected.
  • 3.5% ZEV share of passenger vehicle sales in Canada since introduction of federal purchase incentives (May 2019); 10% in British Columbia and 7% in Quebec
  • Monthly ZEV sales now comparable to sales of car segment-leading Honda Civic or SUV segment-leading Toyota RAV4