Green transportation enthusiasts have an appointment at the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show this weekend.
With 130 exhibitors and 50 models on the floor of the Olympic Stadium, the event hopes to boost Quebecers’ interest in electric vehicles, but the craze appears to be waning across the country.
In 2022, 68% of Canadian consumers who do not own an electric vehicle say they are open to the idea of purchasing one. A year later, their interest had dropped to 56%.
According to Daniel Breton, president and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, this decline in interest is largely due to lower gasoline prices and longer delivery times.
“It’s definitely problematic and it’s reducing interest. The Quebec government has announced that it wants to tighten its zero emission standard to force manufacturers to supply Quebec,” he told TVA Nouvelles.
In 2022, 14.6% of vehicles sold in the country will be electric, surpassing and ahead of the 2024 target set by Ottawa.
Daniel Breton believes that speeding up this target is encouraging manufacturers to take their foot off the delivery of electric vehicles.
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