All new cars and light-duty trucks sold in British Columbia by 2040 will have to be zero-emission vehicles under legislation tabled Wednesday by Energy Minister Michelle Mungall.
B.C. first announced the mandate last November, with Premier John Horgan promising legislation this spring. As expected, Mungall’s Zero Emission Vehicles Act sets interim ZEV sales targets of 10% by 2025 and 30% by 2030, The Canadian Press reports, in a post republished by National Observer.
“British Columbians are eager to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles,” Mungall told 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 4% of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2018.”
The CleanBC climate plan includes ZEV purchase incentives of up to C$5,000 for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell cars.