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Gas Vehicle Ban Coming to Canada by 2035

Gas Vehicle Ban Coming to Canada by 2035

In a move that reflects changing attitudes towards climate change and pollution, and reflects decisions made by governments elsewhere, the Canadian government is initiating a new gas vehicle ban by 2035.

 

Canada joins the UK, Germany, Norway, India, the European Union and California in the gas vehicle ban movement. Even China is looking into banning them.

 

Whether you believe the link to climate change or not, the link between gas and diesel and pollution is irrefutable. Governments are now beginning to take action.

 

Canada and new gas vehicle ban

 

The ban is for the sale of new fossil fuelled cars by 2035. There will be a secondhand market, there will still be fuel available after that point and parts will presumably still be manufactured to keep cars on the road past that time.

 

But that’s the cut off date for sales of new combustion engined vehicles.

 

“We are committed to aligning Canada’s zero-emission vehicles sales targets with those of the most ambitious North American jurisdictions,” environment minister Johnathan Wilkinson said in a statement.

 

“We will work with the United States to harmonize fuel efficiency regulations and we’re investing in consumer rebates, charging stations, business tax breaks and industry transition costs.”

 

This was backed up by Omar Alghabra, the transport minister for Canada. "Through measures aimed at accelerating the transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles sales, we will continue building a cleaner and more resilient economy, while also creating good jobs and opportunities for all Canadians.”

 

The future is electric

 

To help the transition, the Canadian government will be looking at increased infrastructure spending and incentives to promote electric vehicles.

 

What that includes is anybody’s guess but we’re going to need a lot more chargers in public areas including car parks, shopping malls, service stations and throughout provinces.

 

“Canada cannot reach our greenhouse gas targets if emissions from cars, SUVs and pickups, which are currently growing, are not curtailed,” programs director at advocacy group Environmental Defense, Keith Brooks said in a statement.

 

The intent is to take Canada to zero emissions by 2050. That gives existing cars bought before 2035 at least 15 years of life before they are stopped altogether. That’s plenty enough time to build the charging infrastructure we need, build more power generation capability and implement all the projects necessary to be able to switch to zero emissions.

 

While I love the soundtrack of a burbling V8, the shift from fossil fuels to renewables was inevitable and something that is right to do.

 

Pollution isn’t nice, it harms health and can accelerate climate change. All those things are backed up by science so are hard to dismiss.

 

Plus, if the most recent batch of electric cars are anything to go by, switching to electric is going to mean anything but a boring drive!

 

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