Sales of all zero-emission vehicles in Canada for the first six months of 2019 are up 30% compared with last year, according to Transport Canada.

Zero-emission vehicles represented roughly 3% of all new, light-duty vehicles sold in the first half of 2019, compared to roughly 2% during the same period in 2018.

More than 14,000 purchases or leases have been made to date through the federal Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles program launched three months ago, which supports the government's sales targets for zero-emissions vehicles.

This represents an estimated reduction of up to 36,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, or 429,000 tonnes over the expected lifespan of these vehicles.‎

Canada is committed to working with like-minded jurisdictions and is now a member of the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance, an international group of governments joining forces to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. This follows the June 2019 agreement between Canada and California on advancing clean vehicles and fuels, which includes working together to analyze measures to help achieve zero-emission vehicle sales targets.

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