Canada lags far behind in global EV push

A report released by the International Energy Agency on the global state of electric charging infrastructure and vehicles on the road has cited Canada as lagging behind countries such as China and Norway, with Canadian EV sales hitting 11,580 in 2016, a total of 0.59 per cent of the country’s entire car market. When it came to charging infrastructure, the report found that Canada had 315 public fast chargers in 2016, China more than 88,000, Japan nearly 6,000 and the U.S. more than 5,300.

Canada came in fourth-last place among the 12 countries surveyed regarding publicly accessible slow chargers. The leading country, China, had more than 52,000 in 2016, followed by the U.S. with more than 35,000 and the Netherlands with more than 26,000 — Canada had 3,900 publicly accessible slow chargers.

“Electric vehicles still have a long way to go before reaching deployment scales capable of making a significant dent in the development of global oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions,” stated the report.

One of ten member governments in the Electric Vehicles Initiative, Canada joined the multi-government policy forum, established in 2009, with the goal of accelerating the global deployment of EVs.

By 2030, EVI member nations want to have EVs account for 30 per cent of the market share.

“A supportive policy environment enables market growth by making vehicles appealing for consumers, reducing risks for investors and encouraging manufacturers willing to develop EV business streams on a large scale to start implementing them,” the report concluded.

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