Canada-based carmakers continue to prioritise the production and sale of highly polluting SUVs over electric vehicles (EVs), says advocacy organisation Environmental Defence in a new report. Sales of SUVs constituted 80% of all vehicle sales in Canada in 2020, compared with 3.5% for EVs (including hybrids), according to the organisation.
An SUV uses 25% more energy than a medium-sized car, such as a hatchback or sedan. Growing sales of SUVs in Canada have led to emissions of 18 million more tonnes of carbon over the past decade than would have been the case with smaller passenger cars.
And the roll-out of EVs is slow in the country. In February 2020, two-thirds of carmaker dealerships in Canada did not have a single EV on sale, the report states.