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British Columbia Leads Canada In Clean Car Buyers

As a percentage of total vehicle sales, Leaf sales in B.C. are more than double those in any other province.

Published: 09-Nov-2012

Those of us who live in British Columbia have always appreciated — or perhaps simply believed — that we’re a little ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental standards.

As it happens, from a vehicle perspective, British Columbians are leading the charge. Here on the west coast we are outpacing the rest of the country in our adoption of Clean Energy Vehicles. Take the all-electric Nissan Leaf for example. As a percentage of total vehicle sales, Leaf sales in B.C. are more than double those in any other province.

So, why has B.C. embraced this new technology with more enthusiasm than Canadians east of the Rockies? I believe it is a collection of things.

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