Electric Car Sales Plummet

CBJ — The sale of electric vehicles has suffered a major power outage in Ontario and the drastic decline in sales is being blamed on the Ontario government’s decision to cancel a rebate.

In the first six months of this year, sales in Ontario were down almost 60% from the same period in 2018 according to statistics provided by Electric Mobility Canada. The final six months sales are expected to be even worse.

Ontario is the only province not seeing increases in sales, year over year.

Under the previous Liberal government, Ontario had offered up to $14,000 back for buyers of electric vehicles, but Premier Doug Ford’s government cancelled it after winning the June 2018 election, saying it was going to people who could already afford expensive cars.

Another major problem is the fact there are now only about 1,500 public charging stations throughout Ontario. That number would need to increase significantly — otherwise owners of electric vehicles would be very limited in terms of the geographic range they’d be able to use them.