This article was published by the National Energy Board of Canada on June 25, 2019.
While electric vehicle (EV) sales in Canada have been increasing, range anxiety remains one barrier to further adoption of EVs. Range anxiety is a consumer concern about how far an EV can be driven on a full charge.
EV range has been increasing significantly. Between 2013 and 2019, the average EV model range increased from 219 km to 386 km. Battery technology improvements are the main driver of the EVs’ increasing range.
The figure below compares the average EV model’s range for each class of vehicle.
Thus, as EV range continues to increase, range anxiety will be better addressed and sales of EVs in Canada could continue to increase in the future. That said, EV sales depends on many other factors, including subsidies, the availability of charging infrastructure, the relative cost of electricity and gasoline, purchase price, and customer preferences. Countries with a favourable combination of these variables tend to have a higher share of electric vehicles.
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