British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, will introduce legislation that will require all new vehicles sold in the province by 2045 to be zero-emissions or electric. The legislation will set targets for 10% of new car sales in 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040 to be zero-emissions or electric. To support the legislation, British Columbia plans to expand both its incentive program (offers credits for the purchase or lease of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars) and its fast charging network. Quebec, another Canadian province, and a couple of U.S. states have passed similar pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the sales and supply of electric vehicles.
The news came Tuesday from current British Columbia Premier, John Horgan, who also explained that the sales targets noted in the legislation are part of a bigger effort to hit ambitious carbon emissions goals. British Columbia plans increase its electric vehicle incentive program for consumers by $15 million this year. British Columbia offers consumers who lease or purchase new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles C$6000, and C$5000 for those who lease or purchase new plug-in hybrid vehicles or battery electric vehicles.
Canada has seen electric vehicle sales double in the second quarter of 2018 compared to last year, according to data firm FleetCarma.
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