All new cars and light trucks in Canada should have “zero emissions” by 2035, announced the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, on Tuesday (29), in anticipation of the schedule to eliminate pollution from the car park.
“Today I am announcing that we are accelerating our goal of zero emission vehicles. By 2035, all new cars and light trucks sold in Canada will be zero-emission vehicles, 100% of them,” Alghabra said at a news conference.
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“This is five years before our previous goal,” he said.
The regulatory move will help Canada meet its overall goal of zero net carbon emissions in the economy by mid-century, he explained.
Alghabra noted that his country is one of the few in the world with domestic access to all the essential resources for producing batteries for electric vehicles and praised General Motors, Ford and other automakers for opening up electric car manufacturers in Canada.
But despite government incentives to subsidize the relatively higher prices of electric vehicles, purchases were slow to take off.
According to government data, battery-electric and pluggable hybrid vehicles accounted for less than 4% of the 25 million passenger cars and trucks registered in Canada last year, compared with about 2% in 2019.
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