Don’t delay a strong electric vehicle sales mandate
Canada’s climate plan includes putting in place a “ZEV sales mandate” so that all new passenger vehicles will be zero-emission by 2035. Automakers will have to ramp up sales of EVs and phase out gas guzzlers. This will make more electric vehicles available on car lots at lower prices. Canada’s environment minister said he would bring in the new regulation this year, but auto industry lobbyists are trying to scuttle it. Let’s make sure the auto industry doesn’t water down or delay this important climate action.
Transportation accounts for a quarter of Canada’s carbon emissions. While leading countries are going electric, in Canada only one in 20 new passenger vehicles is an EV. We have a long way to go and need a strong ZEV sales mandate to get there!