British Columbia’s premier said on Nov. 20 his government will introduce legislation next year that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province by 2040 to be electric or zero-emission vehicles.
Premier John Horgan said the government will phase in the sales targets, which apply only to new vehicles. They will start at 10% by 2025, rising to 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
To support the plan, British Columbia will expand its fast-charging network and spend an addition C$20 million (US$15 million) this year on incentives for consumers who buy electric vehicles.
“We need to make clean energy vehicles more affordable, available and convenient,” Horgan said in a statement. He noted the targets were part of a long-term plan to achieve ambitious carbon emission reduction goals.
The province follows Quebec, which passed legislation in 2016 targeting 15.5% of sales and leases be zero emission vehicles by 2020. A number of U.S. states, including California, have similar laws designed to increase the supply and sales of plug-in electric vehicles.
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