Zero-emission vehicles accounted for 13% of all new light-duty vehicle sales in B.C. last year, making B.C. first in North America for ZEV adoption, the province said this week. last.
“With the highest reported adoption rate of ZEVs in North America, British Columbia is quickly becoming a leader in the ZEV industry,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and of Low-Carbon Innovation, when announcing the 2021 update of zero-emission vehicles. “ZEV’s annual update shows that people and businesses across British Columbia are eager to make the transition to cleaner energy, and we’re helping people make that transition through our suite of CleanBC Go Electric programs.
At the end of 2021, nearly 80,000 ZEVs were registered in British Columbia
The 2021 ZEV Update highlights steps the province is taking to encourage adoption of light-duty ZEVs, as well as adoption in the hard-to-decarbonize medium and heavy-duty vehicle sectors.
Two CleanBC programs – the Go Electric Commercial Vehicle Pilots program and the Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive program – are designed to encourage businesses, nonprofits, local governments and other public entities to adopt electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cell to replace gas or diesel vehicles in their commercial fleets.
Since November 2017, the Specialty-Use program has provided 777 rebates worth $3.5 million for zero-emission specialty-use vehicles.
The commercial program, launched in January 2021, provided $9.6 million in funding to support commercial ZEV adoption and supporting infrastructure. Under this program, the province committed funds to four projects that added 10 battery electric vehicles, four hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and 11 commercial vehicle charging stations. In 2019, BC’s commercial transportation sector accounted for approximately 60% of BC’s transportation emissions and 25% of total provincial emissions.
“People are increasingly choosing electric vehicles as a cleaner, lower-cost option, and we’ve reached our 2025 target for ZEVs five years ahead of schedule,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Conservation. Climate Change Strategy.
- ZEV owners see immediate fuel savings of approximately $1,800 to $2,500 per year for the average BC driver, as well as lower ongoing maintenance costs.
- With more than 3,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles, British Columbia has one of the largest public charging networks and the first group of public hydrogen refueling stations in Canada.
- British Columbia is the first jurisdiction in the world to pass 100% zero-emission vehicle legislation.
- A key CleanBC action is to strengthen the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act to require light-duty vehicle sales to be 26% ZEV by 2026, 90% by 2030 and 100% ZEV. by 2035, five years before the initial goal.
The annual ZEV update tracks BC’s progress toward its zero-emission vehicle goals and is a requirement under the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, implemented in 2019.
CleanBC supports the government’s commitment to climate action to meet BC emissions targets and build a cleaner, Learn more about following the CleanBC Go Electric program here.
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