In the first quarter of 2022, there was a significant increase in the number of new electric vehicles registered in Canada. Conversely, the number of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles declined during that same time.
This information was released by Statistics Canada late last week. The report showed in Canada from January to March there were 339,820 new motor vehicles registered. This is down 9.6 per cent from the first quarter of 2021.
While overall number of registrations were down, the number of battery-electric vehicles registered jumped 55.2 per cent over the same period in 2021. Gains were also reported for new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, up 37.7 per cent and registrations of new hybrid electric vehicles rose by 3.8 per cent.
New registrations of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) represented 7.7 per cent of all new motor vehicles registered in the first quarter. Of these 26,018 new zero-emission vehicle registrations, 75.7 per cent were battery electric vehicles and 24.3 per cent were plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
In the first quarter, 93.1 per cent of new ZEVs registered were in Canada’s three largest provinces. British Columbia had the highest proportion of new ZEV registrations, representing 15.5 per cent of all new motor vehicle registrations in the province. At 10,399, Quebec had the most new ZEVs registered, comprising 12.7 per cent of all new registrations in the province.
Registrations of new ZEVs more rose 114.0 per cent in Ontario from the first quarter of 2021 to the same quarter in 2022. During this same period, new ZEV registrations increased 50.7 per cent in Quebec and were up 9.6 per cent in British Columbia.
More new ZEVs were registered in all provinces in the first quarter of 2022 compared with a year earlier, with the largest gains reported in New Brunswick at 132.8 per cent, Prince Edward Island at 109.5 per cent, Manitoba,103.0 per cent and Saskatchewan, 25.0 per cent. Estimates for Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Alberta are currently unavailable because of contractual limitations of the existing data sharing agreement. However, they are included in the Canadian total. Also, estimates for British Columbia include the Territories.
Also, sub-provincial data showed Montreal had 6,260 new ZEV registrations, Vancouver totalled 5,035 and Toronto drivers registered 4,176 zero emissions vehicles.
New gasoline-powered vehicles posted the largest decline, with 13.2 per cent fewer new registrations in 2022, and new diesel-powered vehicles dropped by 11.8 per cent.
Overall, new registrations of all vehicle types declined in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the first quarter to 2021, with vans falling by 29.3 per cent, the largest percentage decline. There was a decline of 16.5 per cent new registrations of pickup trucks, passenger cars registrations fell by 8.7 per cent. Multipurpose vehicles, Canadians’ vehicle type of choice, represented 56.9 per cent of new motor vehicles registered in the first quarter of 2022, a decline of 5 per cent.
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