According to news reports, the Canadian government poised to pass rules requiring all new vehicles sold in the country to have zero emissions by 2035. The federal government will announce the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard regulation in the coming days to phase out the sale of new combustion vehicles, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Toronto Star reported, citing an unnamed senior government official.
The new rules will require zero-emissions vehicles — which include battery electric, hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicles — to make up 20% of all new car sales in 2026, 60% in 2030 and 100% in 2035, the reports said. The reports said the government also wants to ensure that EVs are available to consumers in Canada amid concerns about a lack of supply as electric cars, trucks and SUVs shipped to other markets.
Automakers can earn credits for bringing more electric vehicles to market ahead of the target dates and investing in EV-charging infrastructure.
An Environment and Climate Change Canada spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday. In September, the UK introduced an EV sales mandate with similar timelines — including a target of 100% of new sales by 2035. More than a dozen US states have EV sales mandates, including New York and California.
In April, US President Joe Biden’s administration proposed new tailpipe emissions limits that would effectively compel automakers to ensure that two out of every three cars and light trucks sold in 2032 are electric models. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has made the push for EVs a frequent point of attack against Biden, saying the policies will mean higher costs for car buyers and lead to US autoworker job losses.
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