Electric vehicles taking over B.C. roads

Electric vehicles taking over

A record number of electric vehicles are on the road across British Columbia, according to a new study.

The B.C. government said Tuesday over 54,000 B.C. residents have now switched to light-duty electric vehicles.

"With the highest reported uptake rates of EVs in North America, B.C. is quickly becoming a leader in the EV industry," said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

"Despite challenges from the pandemic, our EV sales remained steady in 2020, making it clear that British Columbians are committed to meeting our CleanBC goals and our transition to a clean energy future,” he added.

According to the report, British Columbians are also adopting electric vehicle technology for less traditional vehicles, such as motorcycles and cargo e-bikes, through the Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) program.

"People in communities across British Columbia are increasingly choosing electric vehicles to reduce air pollution, and for a better driving experience and lower operating costs," said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

"This transition is happening because EVs and charging stations are becoming more affordable and available through CleanBC. By investing in cleaner, more affordable transportation options of all kinds, we're reducing climate pollution and supporting new opportunities for people in a stronger economy,” Heyman added.

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