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Currently, there are some 25,000 public charging stations in Canada, of which more than 10,000 were funded by the Government of Canada.


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By 2035, every new vehicle sold in Canada must be electric. This is what the federal government announced on Tuesday by unveiling its new standard for the availability of electric vehicles.

Thus, zero-emission vehicles, which include battery electric models and hydrogen models, will have to represent 20% of new cars put on sale in 2026, 60% in 2030 and 100% in 2035, senior officials at the ministry said. of the Environment, during a technical information session.

The new standard will apply in particular to light vehicles, including passenger automobiles, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and light trucks. Ministry officials, however, clarified that exemptions are provided for emergency vehicles, including ambulances or fire engines.

According to data from the ministry, light vehicles represent approximately half of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector in Canada. This sector, as a whole, represents some 25% of Canada's overall GHG emissions.

The goal of these regulations is to make zero-emission vehicles more accessible and affordable for Canadians, said a senior official from the Ministry of the Environment.

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During a press conference in Toronto, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, confirmed that this new standard delivers on a key commitment in our climate plan.

There is a growing desire among large numbers of Canadians to switch to a cleaner mode of transportation, as it s This is a winning solution in terms of savings, health and the environment.

A quote from Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

The investments we are making to make Canada a major player in the global chain manufacturing of electric vehicles and supply of batteries show that we are seizing the economic opportunities offered by the new low-carbon economy, he added.

According to Canadian government estimates, from 2024 to 2050, the shift to electric vehicles will save owners $36.7 billion in energy costs, since the price of electricity is much lower than the price of refueling. at the pump.

For example, a 400-kilometer trip costs about $10 in electricity for a mid-size electric vehicle, compared to about $50 for its gasoline counterpart, says the Ministry of the Environment.

Ministerial officials also expect that the sale price of an electric vehicle will reach parity with that of a gasoline vehicle of here 2030.

In the most recent quarter alone, one in eight new vehicles sold in Canada was a zero-emission vehicle, the ministry specifies in its press release. In addition, British Columbia and Quebec have already implemented similar standards, and they are bearing fruit, since new electric vehicles represent one in five sales in these provinces.

So far, the Government of Canada's incentive program for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles has enabled more than 300,000 motorists to turn to this type of vehicle, thanks to incentives of up to $5,000, further indicates the ministry.

The federal government also wants to stimulate private sector investment in charging infrastructure. Currently, according to the department, there are some 25,000 public charging stations in Canada, more than 10,000 of which have been funded by the Government of Canada. Since 2016, the government has selected more than 42,000 electric vehicle charging stations for funding, and it expects to deploy 84,500 by 2029.

The President of the Treasury Board, Anita Anand, who was present during Minister Guilbeault's press conference, assured that the federal government wants to electrify its fleet of 40,000 vehicles. Just as we ask car manufacturers to reduce GHGs, the government must also do its part and lead by example, said Ms. Anand.

The new regulations will also allow Canada to remain competitive in the international market, while several European countries and the United States have presented measures to increase the number of electric vehicles on their roads.

As to whether energy production capacity in Canada will be sufficient to ensure the transition to electric vehicles, Mr. Guilbeault assured that demand will be marginal .

We are talking about a few percentage points of increase in electricity consumption, he said, while recalling that the Liberal government, in its last budget, made $40 billion available to the provinces and territories to increase the supply of clean electricity across the country over the coming decades.

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