North America region reaches ‘tipping point’ with zero emissions vehicles

Canada’s Pembina Institute believes the North American region has reached a ‘tipping point’ with electric and zero-emission vehicles after it supported California’s decision to make all new light-duty vehicle sales zero emission by 2035.

Adam Thorn, Director of Transportation Policy, said while passenger electric cars, trucks and SUVs are increasingly reliable and widely available for purchase in Canada, a sales mandate is the most effective mechanism governments can put into place to encourage automakers to increase EV supply.

He said, “Without one, electric vehicles built in Ontario and other provinces end up going to out-of-province markets where a sales mandate is in place. The Pembina Institute applauds California’s decision last week to require that 100% of new light-duty vehicle (LDVs) sales be zero-emission by 2035.

“With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and the U.S.’s largest state requiring more and more cars to be zero-emission, the shift of car manufacturers to a 100% supply of ZEVs across North America is not a matter of if, but when. Indeed, Washington and Massachusetts are following suit by adopting California’s regulations.”

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