The end of gasoline-powered cars is nearing in Canada.
New regulations announced this week by Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault will effectively end the sale of new passenger cars powered solely by petrol or diesel in 2035.
Guilbeault said the electric vehicle availability standard will encourage automakers to make more battery-powered cars and trucks available in Canada.
“Make no mistake, we’re at a tipping point,” he said, pointing to strong growth in EV sales in Canada and demand that has historically outstripped available supply.
Over the next 12 years, automakers will have to phase out internal combustion engine cars, trucks and SUVs, and gradually increase the proportion of electric models they sell each year.
Regulations regarding the mandatory sale of electric vehicles are expected to be announced later this week. They are launching a system in which all car manufacturers would have to demonstrate that a minimum percentage of the vehicles they sell are fully electric or long-range plug-in hybrids.
It starts at 20 percent in 2026 and increases slightly to 23 percent in 2027. After that, the share of EVs will start to increase more rapidly, and by 2028, 34 percent of all vehicles sold will need to be electric. — 43 percent by 2029 and 60 percent by 2030.
This number will continue to increase until it reaches 100% in 2035.
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“Two provinces, Quebec and British Columbia, have already exceeded the 20 per cent threshold,” Guilbeault said at a press conference in Toronto, adding that all provinces should “participate” in EV plans. Ta.
“The federal government is making billions of dollars of investment in the EV supply chain[in Ontario]. The Ontario government should do the same as the British Columbia government, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. There’s no reason not to,”’ he said, noting that these states are taking more steps to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles.
Guilbeault added that the federal government would welcome Ontario’s reinstatement of the EV rebate program, which was in place under the provincial Liberal Party until Premier Doug Ford’s government scrapped it in 2018.
Guilbeault said the government is working to revise the national building code to encourage the widespread use of charging stations.
The updated regulations will ensure that residential buildings built after 2025 have the electrical capacity to install charging stations.
In the first three months of this year, around one in 10 new cars registered was electric. This suggests that EV sales should double within the next three years.
It has already doubled in the past three years, going from 38,425 EVs sold in the first nine months of 2020 to 132,783 in the first nine months of 2023.
The policy is regulated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and will issue credits to automakers for EVs they sell.
Generally, all-electric models generate one credit, and plug-in hybrids earn partial or full credits depending on how far you can drive on a single charge.
Manufacturers that sell more EVs than they need to meet their annual goals can bank those credits to meet future goals or sell EVs to companies that didn’t sell enough. .
You can also cover up to 10 percent of your credit needs each year by investing in public fast-charging stations. He will earn the equivalent of 1 credit for every $20,000 he spends on DC fast chargers operating before 2027.
Automakers that fall short of their sales requirements could cover the difference by buying credits from other companies that exceed their targets or by investing in charging stations.
Over the next two years, automakers can begin earning credits toward their 2026 and 2027 goals. This is an effort by the government to encourage a faster transition.