Canadian Zero-Emission Vehicle sales jump significantly in 2021
- May 11, 2022
Zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), comprised of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, claimed 5.2% of total new motor vehicle registrations across Canada for 2021 – a significant jump from the 3.5% achieved in 2020, according to a report from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants and Statistics Canada.
Even within 2021, the trend was upwards with fourth quarter ZEV registrations accounting for 6.2% of total.
Of particular note in 2021, DesRosiers states in its industry newsletter, ZEV registrations overtook diesel vehicles for the first time, with diesel accounting for only 4.0% of total new motor vehicle registrations. Quebec remained the largest market for ZEVs by volume, while BC led by share of market – reaching 11.6%, far and away the highest in Canada.
Within the ZEV market there has also been a significant shift between BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug in battery electric vehicles). PHEV and BEV registrations were fairly even in 2018, both accounting for roughly 1.1% of total registrations. However, this has shifted rapidly since and by 2021 BEVs accounted for 3.6% of total registrations against PHEVs at just 1.7%.
“While ZEVs continue to grow in prominence, their adoption varies wildly from region to region” commented Andrew King, Managing Partner of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. “Different government approaches, consumer needs, and the ongoing broader shortage of vehicles all contribute to a very uneven landscape as Canada sets its sights on the recently announced 20% national ZEV sales goal for 2026.”