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Quebec banning sales of new gas cars from 2035

Quebec banning sales of new gas cars from 2035

Quebec has announced it is banning the sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035. It follows British Columbia who have already announced a ban. Will Ontario be next?

The United Kingdom has also announced it will be banning the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2030 and other countries across the world will be joining in with their own dates. California is the only U.S. state to have also set a deadline.

The days of the fossil fuel have been numbered for years now but there was no concrete deadline for it to happen. Until recently, it was always a case of ‘later’. Now there are specific commitments with specific deadlines.

The electric future

Electric has been the fuel of choice for a while now. It’s easier to manage than hydrogen and cheaper to develop than more exotic alternatives. Electric still has its challenges but has come out ahead of all other options for now.

Three significant challenges still face EVs. Range, charging and price

Electric range

Range anxiety is still the primary concern of drivers considering switching to electric. While ranges are steadily increasing, the fear or running out of charge and needing a tow or being limited in the journeys they can take because of range is still strong.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E will have a range of up to 300 miles but the average is still closer to 200. Battery companies are working on the problem though.

Electric charging

The electric charging infrastructure has developed apace but there are still challenges. We need more charging points, solutions for apartment blocks, those who have to park on the street and those in accommodation types that won’t suit running a cable to a car.

Then there’s the electric grid. As it stands, the grid doesn’t have much spare capacity to cope with a massive daily demand for charging cars. What’s going to happen when millions more electric cars need to be charged every day?

EV prices

Even with federal rebates and incentives, EVs are still more expensive than a gas-powered car. Prices are dropping steadily as technologies mature but there is still a barrier to entry to driving an EV.

The average electric car still costs over $30k and the used EV market is not established enough yet to offer alternatives to buying new.

Quebec and other territories that implement such a ban have a decade or more to come up with answers. As long as the auto industry keeps up and battery development continues, there should be viable solutions to all these challenges.

There’s nothing like a looming deadline to concentrate the mind!

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