Sales of electric and hybrid vehicles have decreased by more than 50 per cent over the last year in Ontario. Electric Mobility Canada recently released a report on electric vehicle sales which compiled data from Stats Canada and IHS Markit. During the first quarter of 2018, 2,633 electric vehicles were sold in Ontario. During the same time period this year, that number dropped to 1,219.
Electric Mobility Canada attributes at least part of this decline to the end of Ontario's Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP) in July 2018.
The program offered drivers between $5,000 and $14,000 to buy new environmentally friendly vehicles from a range of auto manufacturers.
The Ontario government argued that cancelling its Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program could save "taxpayers up to an estimated $1 billion over four years."
Currently, Quebec and B.C are the only provinces offering incentives for the purchase of an electric vehicle. Martin Archambault, a spokesperson for the Quebec Electrc Vehicle Association believes that government subsidies are necessary to increasing the adoption of electric vehicles.
The new federal incentive program that kicked in in May, with rebates up to $5,000, could motivate sales in Ontario.
According to Electric Mobility Canada, there were 93,091 electric vehicles on Canada's roads at the end of 2018. About 42 per cent were in Quebec, followed by Ontario with 37 per cent and British Columbia with 18 per cent.