Electric vehicle sales in Ontario have fallen sharply
as the government canceled compensation.
The number of electric vehicles sold in the first six months of this year has decreased
by more than 55% compared to the same period last year.
Only 2,933 EVs were sold in the second quarter,
down from 7,110 in the second quarter of 2018.
In the last Liberal government,
Ontario offered up to $ 14,000
in compensation to electric car buyers.
But since the provincial election in June 2018
and the Progressive Conservative Party came to power,
the government of Prime Minister Doug Ford
has cancelled subsidies on the grounds
that these subsidies are equivalent
to those who can afford expensive cars.
Ontario has been inferior to other provinces
in the growth of electric vehicle sales,
and it is now not only the only province in Canada
that has not increased but declined,
but may also be a hindrance to the national goal.
The federal government aims to reach
30% of new car sales by 2030.
At present, the national electric vehicle sales account for only 3.5%.
Ontario’s previous Liberal government invested
$20 million to install 500 charging poles across the province.
Nearly 350 of them were finally put into use.
Private companies such as Petro-Canada
have also begun building car charging stations.
Ontario currently has a total of 1,400 public charging poles.
Vehicle exhaust emissions currently account for the largest proportion
of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about 35%.
Increasing the number of electric vehicles can effectively reduce carbon emissions.