Back in 2009, Canada set a goal to get at least half a million electric vehicles on Canada's roads by the end of 2018. According to data compiled by FleetCarma, which tracks electric-vehicle sales each quarter, Canada has missed the mark by more than 400,000 vehicles.

The 2009 Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map for Canada, produced by a panel of experts in part for the Department of Natural Resources, aimed for 500,000 cars with the hope of encouraging the production and selling of EV's as well as the Government to incentivize people to buy them.

Fleet Carma, suggests that by the end of 2018 the actual number of EV sales was fewer than 100,000. Their report warned that the electric-vehicle train was already leaving the station and Canada wasn't on it. It outlined things the government and the private sector should do to ensure Canada didn't miss out on the economic and environmental benefits of an electric-vehicle industry.

The Liberal government in 2016 promised a national strategy for electric vehicles by the end of 2018. This strategy has yet to come into fruition. In the passed three years, the federal government has spent $182 million to buy and install more vehicle charging stations. 

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