Tell Canada’s transport minister to go the distance with mandatory national sales targets
Electric vehicles are about to become a little more affordable and accessible. In Budget 2019, the federal government announced a $5,000 rebate, tax incentives for businesses that invest in electric fleets and funding for charging stations.
This is great news! But to ensure these investments pay off, Canada still needs to legislate mandatory electric vehicle sales targets to increase supply and consumer choice. Voluntary sales targets will not be enough. Transportation makes up about a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Transitioning to electric vehicles — also known as zero-emission — is an important part of the solution and will help Canada meet its emission-reduction targets.
In 2018, electric vehicles accounted for just over two per cent of total vehicle sales in Canada. We’re on cruise control when we should be accelerating the transition to electric vehicles!
The federal government says it wants to boost electric vehicle sales to 10 per cent by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040.
Mandatory targets for electric vehicle sales are needed to reach these goals.
We are making a difference! Canadians sent more than 4,500 letters from this site calling for action on electric vehicles. Budget 2019 marked important progress.
Please send a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau thanking the government for Budget 2019’s investments in electric vehicles and urging him to go the distance with mandatory national sales targets.