Draft legislation that would require zero-emission vehicles make up at least 20 per cent of new-vehicle sales in Canada by 2026 threatens to concentrate a disproportionate number of ZEVs in a pair of Canadian provinces and leave buyers in other regions with limited access to electrified vehicles, industry experts warn.
Daniel Breton, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada and a backer of a federal ZEV mandate, said that unless amended, the proposed legislation could further distort the market in favour of the two provinces that already have ZEV sales requirements on their books.
“Basically, the manufacturer would get double the credit if they sell in British Columbia and Quebec,” Breton told Automotive News Canada. “It would mean that they would get the credits from the B.C. government [or] the Quebec government, and they would get credits for selling at the federal level.”