Charging Forward: A Blueprint for Clean and Affordable Electric Cars in British Columbia
In December 2018, the Government of British Columbia announced North America’s most progressive zero-emission vehicle standard, as part of the CleanBC climate plan. The objective of this law is to ramp up sales of non-polluting cars in the province to 10 per cent by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040. The legislation will be complemented by additional measures to make ZEVs more affordable and convenient to refuel.
The authors support B.C.’s adoption of a ZEV mandate as a uniquely effective policy instrument. It drives innovation, provides more choice for consumers, increases zero emission vehicle sales, abates GHG emissions and has proven to be cost effective. The stated goals for ZEV sales are consistent with what research shows is needed to achieve 2030 and 2050 climate reduction targets.
- Continue to prioritize deep emissions reductions and ZEV sales goals
- Implement a simplified one-to-one credit system: one ZEV sale equals one ZEV credit
- Include a binding, inflation-adjusted per credit penalty for non-compliance
- Classify automakers according to sales volume on a proportional basis to the size of B.C.’s automotive market
- Carefully consider how the ZEV mandate will interact with other climate policies
- Do not provide early action credits for ZEV sales prior to the regulations coming into effect
- Allow manufacturers to bank their credits for future use, but limit the time frame to two to three years and limit the use of such credits to 25 per cent of total compliance every year
- Allow for separate regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
Response to the Government of B.C.’s Clean Growth Intentions Papers
This is the David Suzuki Foundation's response to the B.C. Climate Intentions Papers. It offers several recommendations on policies that are needed to create a stronger long-term framework for climate action in the province.