Canada set to require all new cars must have zero emissions by 2035

Electric Vehicle Availability Standard


According to a senior government source, Canada expects to announce this week that all new cars must be zero-emissions by 2035, as Ottawa prepares to unveil new regulations in the latest example of countries around the world pushing for electrification.


The new rules, known as the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard, would help ensure supply is available to the Canadian market and shorten wait times for an electric vehicle, according to a source who confirmed previous media reports.


Zero-emission vehicles, which include battery electric, plug-in, and hydrogen models, must account for 20% of all new car sales in 2026, 60% in 2030, and 100% in 2035, according to an anonymous source.


According to the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), global EV sales now account for about 13% of all vehicle sales and are expected to rise to 40%-45% by the end of the decade.


The Republican-led House of Representatives voted earlier this month to prevent the Biden administration from implementing stringent vehicle emissions regulations that would result in 67% of new vehicles being electric by 2032. The White House threatened to veto the vote.


During the first half of 2023, market leader Tesla sold 325,291 vehicles in the United States. Chevrolet, a brand of General Motors, came in second with 34,943, trailed by Ford, Hyundai, and Rivian.

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