ARKANSAS, Dec 18 (Future Headlines)- Canada is set to make a landmark announcement this week, signaling its commitment to a greener automotive future. According to a senior government source, Ottawa is expected to introduce new regulations mandating that all new cars sold in the country must be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035. This move aligns with global efforts to accelerate electrification and combat climate change by reducing reliance on traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
The forthcoming regulations, dubbed the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard, are designed to address key challenges in the electric vehicle (EV) market, ensuring a robust supply of zero-emission vehicles while reducing waiting times for consumers. The standard aims to standardize regulated sales targets across the country, building on existing regulations in provinces like British Columbia and Quebec.
The source revealed that zero-emission vehicles, encompassing battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen models, are expected to represent 20% of all new car sales by 2026. This proportion is set to increase to 60% by 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035. These ambitious targets underscore Canada’s commitment to a swift and comprehensive transition to cleaner transportation.
It’s noteworthy that the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec have already implemented regulated sales targets for zero-emission vehicles. The nationwide standard seeks to harmonize these efforts, creating a cohesive and consistent framework for electric vehicle adoption. This alignment could provide automakers with a unified set of rules, streamlining their efforts to meet the evolving market demands.
The move by Canada to mandate all new cars as zero-emission by 2035 reflects a broader global trend. Countries worldwide are increasingly emphasizing the need to transition away from fossil fuel-dependent vehicles to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that global electric vehicle sales will constitute between 40% and 45% of the market by the end of the decade, underlining the accelerating pace of electrification.
While Canada pushes ahead with its ambitious targets, the United States experiences a divergence in regulatory approaches. The recent vote in the Republican-led House of Representatives sought to block stringent vehicle emissions regulations proposed by the Biden administration. These regulations aimed at achieving 67% electric vehicle adoption by 2032, drawing a veto threat from the White House.
In the competitive landscape of electric vehicle manufacturers, Tesla continues to dominate the market. The first half of 2023 saw Tesla sell an impressive 325,291 vehicles in the United States alone, solidifying its position as the market leader. General Motors’ Chevrolet brand claimed a distant second place with 34,943 vehicles sold, followed by Ford, Hyundai, and the electric vehicle startup Rivian.
The automotive industry is at a critical juncture, with regulatory shifts and consumer preferences driving a rapid transition toward electric mobility. While Canada’s move to mandate zero-emission vehicles is a bold step, it also poses challenges for automakers in meeting the specified targets. Industry players will need to accelerate their efforts in research, development, and production to align with evolving regulatory landscapes and customer demands.
Reporting by Alireza Sabet; Editing by Sarah White