B.C. introduces a legislation to eliminate gas emissions by 2040

By CRM staff

Toronto, Ontario – April 11, 2019 – Last week, a report was released stating that Canada’s climate was warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, and that to prevent environmental catastrophe, human behaviour has to change.

The British Columbia government is taking steps towards making a sustainable future with the introduction to its new legislation to eliminate gas-powered vehicles by 2040. If the bill passes the sale of all new light-duty cars and trucks have to be zero-emission vehicles by the year 2040.

Other countries around the world have issued a target date to eliminate gas emissions but B.C. is the first in the North American region.

Electric vehicles have been reportedly hard to come by in the province, so this legislation would make zero-emissions vehicles more available for British Columbians. Automakers would be required to meet target sales – 10 percent by 2025, 30 percent by 2030 and a big jump to 100 percent by 2040.

Electric vehicles are also among the most popular for British Columbians. The province has more than 17,000 electric vehicles on the road granting it has the highest per-capita adoption of zero-emission vehicles in Canada.

This legislation will be apart of CleanBC’s $902 million investment over the course of three years for programs, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent within the next 11 years.

CleanBC plan also includes incentives for zero-emission vehicle purchases up to $5,000 on a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

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