British Columbia

B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday.

Legislation aims to phase out gas-powered vehicles

The legislation would apply to new vehicles for sale or lease.  (Toby Talbot/Associated Press)

All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the Zero Emission Vehicles Act aims to fight climate change by phasing out gas-powered vehicles.

She says the legislation would set target dates of 10 per cent zero-emission sales by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2040.

The legislation would apply to new vehicles for sale or lease. 

Mungall says zero-emission vehicles are part of the government's $902 million CleanBC program to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 based on 2007 pollution levels.

She says the CleanBC plan 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.

"British Columbians are eager to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles," Mungall said in the legislature.

"We have the highest per capita adoption of zero-emission vehicles in Canada, with over 17,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road, averaging four per cent of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2018."

The provincial government says the program will roll out starting with the 2020 model year but doesn't yet have emission targets for that year, as it's still consulting with the industry.

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