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Canada lays out plan to phase out sales of gas-powered cars, trucks by 2035


The end of the road is coming for gas-powered vehicles in Canada.

New regulations being published this week by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault will effectively end sales of new passenger vehicles powered only by gasoline or diesel in 2035.

Guilbeault said the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard will encourage automakers to make more battery-powered cars and trucks available in Canada.

“There’s no mistaking it. We are at a tipping point,” he said, noting sizable growth in EV sales in Canada and demand that has previously outstripped the available supply.

Automakers will have the next 12 years to phase out combustion engine cars, trucks and SUVs with a requirement to gradually increase the proportion of electric models they offer for sale each year.

The electric-vehicle sales mandate regulations will be published later this week. They are setting up a system in which every automaker will have to show that a minimum percentage of vehicles they offer for sale are fully electric or longer-range plug-in hybrids.

It will start with 20 per cent in 2026 and rise slightly to 23 per cent in 2027. After that, the share of EVs will begin to increase much faster, so that by 2028, 34 per cent of all vehicles sold will need to be electric — 43 per cent by 2029 and 60 per cent by 2030.

That number keeps rising until it hits 100 per cent in 2035.

  • Do you have questions about Canada’s plan to phase out sales of gas-powered cars, trucks by 2035? Send an email to ask@cbc.ca.

“Two provinces are already above the 20 per cent threshold — Quebec and British Columbia,” Guilbeault said at a press conference in Toronto, adding that all provinces should get “on board” with the EV plan.

“The federal government is making multi-billion-dollar investments in the EV supply chain (in Ontario). There’s no reason the government of Ontario shouldn’t do what the government of B.C. is doing, or Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec,” he said, noting those provinces have done more to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles.

Guilbeault added that the federal government would welcome Ontario resuming the EV rebate program that had been in place under the provincial Liberals until Premier Doug Ford’s government dismantled it in 2018.

Guilbeault said the government is working to revise the national building code to encourage the spread of charging stations.

The updated code would ensure that residential buildings constructed after 2025 have the electrical capacity to accommodate the charging stations.

In the first three months of this year, about one in 10 new vehicles registered were electric, suggesting EV sales need to double within the next three years.

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