“I’m not going to give discounts to guys who buy $ 100,000 worth of cars – millionaires,” he said on Wednesday, even though his own government says it is counting on increasing sales of these electric vehicles. (VE) to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the Ford government canceled on Incentive program for electric and hydrogen vehicles brought in by the Liberals under Kathleen Wynne.
The Progressive Conservatives have justified this decision as a cost-cutting measure. It was just one of the several changes they made to environmental policies since taking power. The PCs, however, insist they are serious about the environment and tackling climate change, and Ford on Wednesday underscored his government’s will commitment to manufacture electric vehicles and battery manufacturing.
But now, a report from market analysis firm IHS Markit shows that electric vehicle sales in Ontario were far behind those of other provinces offering incentives in the third quarter of 2021.
Here’s how Ontario compares to other provinces in terms of the percentage of car sales absorbed by electric vehicles, according to the report:
- C.-B. : 13 %.
- Québec : 9,9 %.
- Yukon: 4.7 percent.
- Î.-P.-Yeah. : 4.1%.
- Ontario: three percent.
At the municipal level, Vancouver’s adoption rate was 15.6 percent, followed by Montreal at 10.9 percent. Toronto was at four percent.
Electric Vehicle Adoption “Won’t Happen on Its Own”, Says Lawyer
Progressive Conservatives say adopting electric vehicles is part of their plan to reduce emissions and meet the 2030 targets set out in the Paris Agreement, the international treaty to fight climate change adopted in 2015.
The Ford government’s own Made in Ontario Environmental Plan, released in 2018, the planned “low-carbon vehicle adoption” would account for 16 percent (or one-sixth) of the province’s emissions reductions.
But at least one advocate says the province can’t do it without offering incentives.
“You only have to look at the statistics to see the difference it makes,” said Cara Clairman, president of Plug’n Drive, a nonprofit committed to “accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles to maximize their environmental benefits. and economical, ”according to its website. Clairman has been driving electric cars for a decade and has benefited from provincial discounts in the past.
“We guess we’re going to have all this EV adoption. The province is not doing anything to make this happen, ”she said.
“It won’t happen on its own. ”
The province’s EV goal is an ambitious one, according to a 2019 Environmental Report released by the Auditor General of Ontario. The report says the province assumed that there would be 1.3 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030 and that this would be an “increase of more than 3,000 percent” from 41,000 electric cars registered in Ontario in 2019.
Following the cancellation of the discount program, sales of electric vehicles fell by 50% in Ontario.
Manufacture of electric vehicles
“The last time I checked my bank account, I was far from a millionaire,” said Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner in reaction to Ford’s comments.
“If Doug Ford was serious about making life more affordable… when it comes to transportation, we would quickly help people buy electric vehicles. ”
Both the NDP and the Green Party released environmental platforms ahead of the June election detailing targets for electric vehicle sales by 2030, as well as incentives to buy them. The Liberals said they would restore the incentives.
Meanwhile, Clairman said the Ford government’s plans for electric vehicle manufacturing and battery production are “really important,” but added they would take a long time.
“If you accept that we are in a climate emergency, we cannot wait for this to happen,” she said.
“We have to start now. ”