BC outlines plan for future 100 per cent electric vehicle sales

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:34 PDT, Thu July 30, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Regulations are in place outlining how BC will reduce pollution and make the switch to 100 per cent electric-vehicle sales by 2040. 

The regulations follow the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, passed last year. The act requires automakers to meet increasing annual levels of electric vehicle sales reaching 10 per cent of new light-duty vehicle sales by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040. 

Electric vehicle sales in BC made up nine per cent of light-duty vehicle sales in 2019, as well as in the first half of 2020—the highest sales rate in Canada. 

“Growing numbers of British Columbians are switching to electric vehicles and benefiting from an improved driving experience, zero air pollution and much lower fuel and maintenance costs,” said George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy. “We’re supporting this transition by making electric vehicles and charging more affordable and available around the province. These changes will help us to build a cleaner, better future where all new vehicles are zero emission.”

BC’s legislation made it the first jurisdiction in the world to legislate a 100 per cent electric vehicle target. Zero-emission vehicles include battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles.

To learn more about the Zero-Emission Vehicle Act, click here.

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