Electric vehicles are critical to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New Brunswick has the third highest per capita GHG emissions in Canada, which is also above the national average. New Brunswick’s transportation sector is responsible for approximately 30 per cent of these emissions. Replacing a conventional vehicle with an electric vehicle in New Brunswick can reduce vehicle-related GHGs by up to 75% while also reducing air pollutants such as NO2, SO2, particulate matter and VOCs. These reductions in air pollutants are measurable and are necessary to improve respiratory health.
Electric vehicles will also play an important role in the future of sustainable electricity and could serve as a vital component of NB Power's Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD) Smart Grid program, as well as other utilities’ load management.
Electric vehicle technology is currently New Brunswick’s best option for reducing NB’s transportation-related GHG emissions. The benefits – for both the climate and New Brunswickers – are clear. A strategy is needed to promote and educate the public on these benefits as well as develop policies and incentives which will help the transition from vehicles with internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.
New Brunswick EV Rebate
The New Brunswick Lung Association (NBLA) is excited to see the announcement from the provincial government of an EV rebate! NBLA is looking forward to how this rebate will make EVs a more accessible option for New Brunswickers.
For several years, NB-Lung has surveyed New Brunswickers about EVs. Since 2018 “increased capital cost” has been one of the top barriers to New Brunswickers purchasing an EV.
The New Brunswick EV Rebate allows for EV purchasers within the province to receive a rebate of $5,000 at the point of sale. This works in addition to the federal rebate for a combined rebate of $10,000!
In New Brunswick, 80 % of our energy is produced by non-emitting sources. Each New Brunswicker that switches to an EV in New Brunswick will lower their transportation emissions by more than 80 %. Fewer internal combustion vehicles on the road means cleaner air for everyone.
Vehicle emissions are detrimental to human health, and lung health specifically. Traffic-related air pollution has been showed to cause the development of asthma in children and worsening of asthma in children and adults, cause allergies to worsen, and reduce lung function. Traffic-related air pollution has also been linked to lung cancer, heart disease, other heart conditions, and worsening symptoms in those with existing lung and heart conditions.
We are excited to see the introduction EV rebates, which will enable more New Brunswickers to Drive Electric!
 Government of Canada, 2014. Canada’s Emission Trends 2014. Retrieved from: http://ec.gc.ca/ges-ghg/default.asp?lang=En&n=E0533893-1&offset=5&toc=show#toc56.
 Government of New Brunswick (GNB), 2014. New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2014-2020. Province of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada.
 US Department of Transportation, 2010. Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Volume 1. Wasington, DC, USA. Retrieved from: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/32000/32700/32779/DOT_Climate_Change_Report_-_April_2010_-_Volume_1_and_2.pdf.