Agence France-PresseJuly 1, 2021 10:47:58 IST
All new cars and light trucks must be zero-emission in Canada by 2035, Secretary of Transportation Omar Alghabra announced as he moved up the schedule to eliminate vehicle pollution. “Today I announce that we are accelerating the goal of our zero-emission vehicles. By 2035, all new cars and light trucks sold in Canada will be zero-emission vehicles – 100 percent of them,” Alghabra said at a news conference. “This is five years ahead of our target,” he said.
He said regulatory action would help Canada meet its full carbon economy target by the middle of the century.
Alghabra noted that his country is one of the few in the world to have domestic access to all key resources for the production of electric vehicle (EV) batteries, and thanked General Motors, Ford and other automakers for opening opened EV assembly plants in Canada.
But despite government incentives to cover relatively high prices for electric cars, purchases have been slow.
According to government data, battery-powered electric vehicles and outlet hybrids accounted for less than 4 percent of the 25 million cars and trucks registered in Canada last year – up from about 2 percent in 2019.