Deliveries of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles eligible for the federal Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) program skyrocketed to a new monthly high of 20,081 in July, according to the latest data from Transport Canada.
iZEV rebates issued in July shatter monthly record
British Columbia had a particularly strong showing, with deliveries hitting 5,984, up from 1,702 in June
IZEV PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
The iZEV program provides a $5,000 rebate for BEVs, as well as PHEVs with electric range greater than 49 kilometres. PHEVs with less electric range qualify for $2,500.
The same eligibility criteria applies to both categories. Zero-emission passenger cars starting at less than $55,000, and higher-cost variants up to $65,000 qualify for the incentives. Larger vehicles such as pickups, minivans and SUVs must have a base price of less than $60,000, and higher-cost variants must start at less than $70,000. Higher-cost trim levels are not eligible.
Note: Monthly data is subject to later revision by Transport Canada.
The tally smashed the previous record of 12,721 deliveries set a month earlier, as ZEV uptake continues to gain ground across Canada. The blockbuster July total also brings qualifying shipments year-to-date to 67,282, pushing past the final count of 57,551 for all of 2022 in just seven months.
Tesla was by far the largest contributor in July, delivering 9,862 qualifying vehicles to customers. But nearly every other brand also posted significant increases in eligible shipments during the month, with the totals of five other brands surpassing 1,000 vehicles.
Several brands new to the iZEV program also posted their first eligible deliveries in July. Alfa Romeo handed off the keys to 10 Tonale PHEVs; Dodge shipped four of its Hornet PHEV; and Vinfast delivered 11 of its VF8 BEV to Canadian customers.
The Model 3 made up nearly all of Tesla’s qualifying deliveries in July, with the U.S. EV maker shipping 9,851 of the sedans during the month. It also delivered 11 eligible Model Ys, according to Transport Canada’s monthly data, which is often revised later to iron out initial reporting inaccuracies.
In a distant second place in the BEV segment, Chevrolet shipped 1,226 of its Bolt EUVs in July. The subcompact crossover was followed by the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mach e and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Shipments of the three models totaled 680, 634 and 598, respectively.
Ford also recorded the first qualifying deliveries of its F-150 Lighting during the month, putting 37 incentivized pickups in Canadian customer driveways in July.
Qualifying PHEV shipments rose in July, though continued to fall well short of BEV deliveries.
The newly available Mazda CX-90 climbed into the segment’s top 10, with the brand posting 140 eligible deliveries.
Qualifying vehicle shipments were up in every province in July.
British Columbia had a particularly strong showing, with deliveries hitting 5,984, up from 1,702 in June. Quebec remained the leader with 7,785 eligible shipments, while third-place Ontario saw 4,809 qualifying ZEV deliveries.