B.C. Plans for Electric Future

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By 2040, all light-duty cars and trucks will be zero-emission vehicles. (Photo: Nissan)

The David Suzuki Foundation weighs in on B.C.’s plan to go all-electric by 2040.

In November, the British Columbia government announced plans to put the province on a path to will require the sale of all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by the year 2040.

Next spring, the government will introduce legislation to phase in targets for the near future: 10 Percent ZEV sales by 2025, 30 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2040.

“This sets the first North American commitment by a provincial or federal government to have 100 per cent of cars powered by renewable electricity by 2040,” said Ian Bruce, Science and Policy Director for the David Suzuki Foundation. “With strong transportation and building policies and a shift away from petroleum use, B.C. is saying it’s once again a Canadian climate leader.”

To make ZEVs more practical the government plans to expand the size of the province’s fast-charger network to 151 sites, increase the provincial incentive program by $20 million, as well as expand it to make ZEVs a more affordable option.

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