Ottawa decrees: 100% zero-emission car and passenger truck sales by 2035
By Anthony Capkun
June 29, 2021 – The Government of Canada announced it has set a mandatory target for all new light-duty cars and passenger trucks sales to be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035.
Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment & Climate Change, says the government is “investing in consumer rebates, charging stations, business tax breaks and industry transition costs to make the shift to zero-emission vehicles as seamless as possible for drivers, workers and entrepreneurs.”
Ottawa “will pursue a combination of investments and regulations to help Canadians and industry transition to achieve the 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035”, reports Transport Canada, adding the feds will work with partners to develop interim 2025 and 2030 targets, and “additional mandatory measures” that may be needed beyond Canada’s light-duty vehicle GHG emissions regulations.
Canada says it will continue to consult industry, non-governmental organizations, and other levels of governments on its approach to meet its 100% ZEV sales target by 2035. Those consultations will include engaging Inuit and Northern communities to address barriers to ZEV uptake in remote regions.