For Immediate Release
The New Car Dealers Association of BC commends the Province on rebate programs and partnerships that have helped make this possible
Vancouver, BC – This week, the Provincial Government put out a news release indicating that a record number of British Columbians have switched to electric vehicles (EVs) with more than 54,000 light-duty EVs now on the road. This is the highest reported uptake of rates of EVs in North America and solidifies BC as a continued leader in the EV space.
“I am immensely proud of the work that BCs New Car Dealers have been doing with government for over a decade in this province to encourage and support the adoption of EVs,” stated Blair Qualey, President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. “Without our collective efforts, I am sure that the adoption of EVs would not be where they are – and climbing. I commend the Province on the continued support of vehicle and charging station rebate programs so that we ensure that EVs are more accessible and affordable for BC consumers and can continue this upward trend.”
In 2019, BC passed legislation that requires all new vehicles sold to be emission free by 2040. BC is well on its way to exceeding the 2025 targets with light-duty EV sales representing 9.4% of all new light-duty vehicle sales in BC in 2020. Given that all vehicle sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a dramatic increase in EV models being available, this number is expected to climb in the coming years.
With a growing number of EVs on the roads, the steps the Province is taking through ongoing programs like CleanBC Go Electric and SCRAP-IT® must be acknowledged. The programs provide attractive incentives for vehicles along with charging stations, to make the switch to greener vehicles more affordable for British Columbians.
For more information on CleanBC and rebates available, please visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/
About the New Car Dealers Association of BC:
The NCDA is the provincial industry association that represents close to 400 new car and truck dealers in 55 communities throughout British Columbia. Members of the Association provide over 30,000 family supporting jobs for British Columbians and are responsible for over $16-billion of retail sales in the province. The Association speaks on behalf of the retail new automotive industry to the public, media, and government, and deals primarily with the legal, environmental, and consumer issues relating to vehicle sales in BC. The NCDA owns and manages the Vancouver International Auto Show, which was postponed due to COVID-19 health orders.