B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission
A study found that France was the country with the most "dirty" cars on the road, with 5.5 million not reaching standards, followed by Germany on 5.3 million, Britain 4.3 million and Italy 3.1 million. (Kichigin/

Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:44PM EDT

VICTORIA -- All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the Zero Emission Vehicles Act aims to fight climate change by phasing out gas powered vehicles.

She says the legislation would set target dates of 10 per cent zero-emission sales by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040.

The legislation would apply to new vehicles for sale or lease.

Mungall says zero emission vehicles are part of the government s $902 million CleanBC program to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 based on 2007 pollution levels.

She says the CleanBC plan includes incentives for zero-emission vehicle purchases up to $5,000 on a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

"British Columbians are eager to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles," said Mungall in the legislature. "We have the highest per capita adoption of zero emission vehicles in Canada, with over 17,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road, averaging four per cent of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2018."
Read more on CTVnews
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is promising a “realistic” and “conservative” plan to address the province’s future climate change goals. Weaver, who will unveil the plan alongside Premier John Horgan...
The CleanBC plan is fully funded by the provincial government and “quantifies measures” that will eliminate 18.9 megatonnes of emissions, which make up about 75 per cent of the target....
OTTAWA—The federal government says it will drive ahead with its plan to get more zero emission vehicles on the road, as Queen’s Park lambasts the strategy after a desired consensus failed...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown outlined a US$2.5 billion plan Friday to help Californians buy electric vehicles and expand a network of charging stations as part of a goal...
OTTAWA – Provincial subsidies to encourage the use of electric vehicles are the most expensive, least effective way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Montreal Economic Institute says in...