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Feds announce new ZEV sales target for 2035

The Government of Canada announced on June 29 a new mandatory target to have all new light-duty cars and passenger truck sales be zero-emission by 2035, according to a Transport Canada news release.

The target accelerates the previous goal of 100 per cent ZEV sales by 2040. The government also plans to work with partners to develop interim 2025 and 2030 targets.

“We will work with the United States to harmonize performance-based greenhouse gas regulations and greenhouse gas emission standards,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “We’re investing in consumer rebates, charging stations, business tax breaks and industry transition costs to make the shift to zero-emission vehicles as seamless as possible for drivers, workers and entrepreneurs.” 

Wilkinson made the announcement with the Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra and Steven Guilbeault, the Minister of Canadian Heritage. 

The new goal is in addition to existing measures to support a higher rate of ZEV adoption in Canada, such as ZEV incentives, investments in the charging infrastructure, and partnerships with automakers to help them re-tool and produce ZEVs directly in Canada.

“By increasing our ambitions on zero-emission vehicles, and by taking the measures needed to achieve them, we’re joining an increasing number of other jurisdictions, including Quebec, which have set 100 percent zero-emission vehicle sales targets,” said Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

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