Zero-emission vehicles in Canada, 2020

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Release date: April 22, 2021
Infographic: Zero-emission vehicles in Canada, 2020
Description: Zero-emission vehicles in Canada, 2020

Zero-emission vehicles in Canada, 2020

Less new zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) were registered in Canada in 2020.

There were 54,353 new ZEVs registered in Canada in 2020, down slightly (-1,812) from 2019, accounting for 3.5% of new vehicle registrations in the country.

Most new ZEVs were registered in the third (17,299) and fourth (15,928) quarters.

Proportion of ZEV registrations
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Reference period (appearing as row headers), ZEVs proportion (appearing as column headers).
Reference period ZEVs proportion
2011 0.03%
2012 0.12%
2013 0.18%
2014 0.29%
2015 0.37%
2016 0.63%
2017 1.00%
2018 2.21%
2019 2.91%
2020 3.52%

Fewer new ZEVs were registered in the second quarter (9,203), given that dealerships were closed for several weeks in the spring during the first lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Almost three-quarters (71.8%) of the new ZEVs registered in 2020 were battery-electric vehicles, up from 63.2% in 2019.

In 2020, 95.4% of new ZEV registrations were in Canada’s three largest provinces.

Source: Statistics Canada, New Motor Vehicle Registration Survey, 2020.

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