British Columbia joins the growing circle of regions that stop sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Canada’s westernmost province will do so from 2040 and intends to install electric vehicle sales quotas prior to that date, starting by 2025.
The government of British Columbia said they will introduce legislation next year detailing the shift in transport that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province by 2040 to be electric or zero-emission vehicles.
The province will phase in the sales targets for electric vehicles, starting at 10 percent by 2025, rising to 30 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.
Premier John Horgan is aware that such a requirement needs support and so his government promised to spend an additional C$20 million ($15 million) this year on incentives for consumers who buy electric vehicles. This will bring the incentive programme up to $57 million in total, according to a release. British Columbia offers credits of up to C$5,000 for the purchase or lease of new battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and C$6,000 for new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
“We need to make clean energy vehicles more affordable, available and convenient,” Horgan added in a statement. Therefore, the province wants to also expand the fast-charging network in British Columbia to then include a total of 151 locations. So far, 71 have been completed or are underway and another 80 are in the works.
British Columbia claims it has one of the largest charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure networks in Canada and, with 12,000 clean energy vehicles registered, the highest adoption rates of electric vehicles in the country.