Canada will set zero-emissions vehicle mandate by next year

Standards are part of broader emissions-reduction effort.

The Canadian government vowed last week to outline the country's mandate for zero-emissions vehicles by next year as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Canada's Ministers of the Transport and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development will collaborate on setting goals for how many electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be on Canada's roads during the next decade and a half.

Such an effort is vital because transportation accounts for about a quarter of Canada's carbon emissions. Per the previously adopted Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Canada is looking to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions to 70 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. In addition to cutting pollution, the Canadian government is viewing such an effort as a potential economic stimulus, as it should help boost production of zero-emissions vehicles..

Earlier this year, Ontario, Canada's most populous province, looked to make some progress on the ZEV front by lifting the price cap on vehicles eligible for its $14,000 EV rebate. Ontario, which includes Toronto, had previously granted just a $3,000 rebate for EVs priced between $75,000 and $150,00. That rebate gets bumped to at least $6,000, which will likely help Tesla sales north of the border.

While Canada's 20,000 plug-in vehicles sold last year is less than one-sixth those sales in the US, Canada's population is about one-tenth of the US's, meaning that the Great White North is outpacing America per capita, and is looking to broaden that green-car gap.

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