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News   April 12, 2019   by The Canadian Press

B.C. wants zero emission cars, trucks by 2040

An electric vehicle from BMW gets charged at the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show.

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

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.”

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2 Comments » for B.C. wants zero emission cars, trucks by 2040
  1. LARRY LARRATT says:


  2. George S says:

    These politicians have really got to research their proposed regulations. Zero Emission vehicles translates into (0) vehicles. Don’t they realize that the electricity has got to come from somewhere? How about the batteries in those vehicles? The more they are charged and recharged the more fumes are produced by the batteries. How about what it takes to manufacture those Zero Emission vehicles? Just about everything it takes to build a Zero Emission vehicle originally comes from a petroleum source. How about what it takes to build the batteries? And the hazardous conditions alone just mining the raw materials? We think the people coming up with these laws are sniffing too many fumes from the batteries in those Zero Emission vehicles. It looks like the closest to a Zero Emission vehicle you’re going to get is Fred Flintstone’s car…

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