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.