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New data from MQO Research shows very few Atlantic Canadians own a hybrid or electric vehicle.

In Atlantic Canada, only four percent of the population own a hybrid vehicle and less than one percent own an electric vehicle.

MQO asked whether people were planning to purchase either type of vehicle in the next three years:

  • 24 percent are very likely or likely to purchase a hybrid vehicle in the next three years
  • 16 percent are very likely or likely to purchase an electric vehicle in the next three years

“Fewer than five percent of Atlantic Canadians own either an electric or hybrid vehicle,” said Stephen Moore, Vice President at MQO. “Fewer than one in four Atlantic Canadians plan to purchase either type of vehicle over the next three years.”

Moore said additional research is needed to convince more people to switch from gasoline powered vehicles.

“We know phasing out gasoline powered vehicles is needed to combat climate change,” said Moore. “As governments in Atlantic Canada work towards greenhouse gas reduction targets, accelerating the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles would help.”

This research was collected for the Atlantic Energy Perspective Report that was presented at the Smart Energy Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 500 Atlantic Canadians were surveyed online from April 11-12, 2019.