Newly released quarterly figures from Statistics Canada show new registrations for gas-powered vehicles down year-on-year but up for diesel and hybrid vehicles.
The federal agency released a report on new motor vehicle registrations on Tuesday for the second quarter of 2022, or April through June, showing that new registrations for gas-powered vehicles have declined. 15.6% over the same period in 2021.
Meanwhile, registrations for new diesel and hybrid vehicles increased 14.9% and 5.2% year-on-year, respectively.
The data shows that gas-powered vehicles still accounted for the majority of new vehicle registrations in Canada in the second quarter at 81.4%.
However, this is down from the 95.1% share of the gas-powered vehicle market in Q2 2017, which StatCan says is a quarterly estimate for the first year available.
In total, Canadians registered 431,861 new motor vehicles in the second quarter of 2022, down 11.2% from a year ago but up 27.1% from the first quarter of this year.
StatCan says the highest number of new registrations, since 2017, was recorded in the second quarter, excluding 2020 when dealerships closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions were put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Looking at zero-emission vehicles, StatCan says Canadians registered 29,832 units in the second quarter of 2022, more than double the 14,879 registered in the same quarter of 2018.
Zero-emission vehicles accounted for 6.9% of all new vehicle registrations in the second quarter of this year, up from 4.9% a year earlier, the report said. Among them, registrations of battery electric vehicles increased by 34.6% year-on-year and hybrid electric vehicles increased by 2.9%.
When it comes to vehicles in general, new pickups posted a single increase in the second quarter at 5.8% from a year ago, the report said, while new registrations for vans, passenger cars, and vans increased. Calendar and multi-purpose vehicles both decreased by 29.7%. , which were 23.4% and 11.1% respectively during that period.