David Adams, head of the Global Automakers of Canada, which lobbies for overseas automakers, had similar questions.
“Is this a regulated commitment? If so, how do we get there?” he asked in a story in this issue.
It took a trio of Cabinet ministers to deliver the news June 29, but none could tell reporters how much money this plan — wish, rather — would cost. They refused to say whether they would pass legislation outlawing the sale of internal-combustion vehicles.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra would say only that, if required, the federal government would “pursue additional mandatory zero-emissions-vehicle measures to ensure we get to our 2035 goal.”
He said the government is looking at expanding rebates, qualifying the purchase of used ZEVs for incentives, investing in charging and more.
Perhaps our federal government is waiting to see what happens in the United States, where fellow liberal Joe Biden is president and the state of California — a massive automotive market that accounts for 11 per cent of new-vehicle sales nationally — effectively determines U.S. fuel standards.
In September 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the California Air Resources Board would develop a set of regulations mandating that all sales of new light-duty vehicles be ZEVs by 2035.
Closer to home, Alghabra at least sounds determined to do the same.
“We believe that it’s doable,” he said. “It needs determination, it needs focus, it needs effort.”
No, Minister Alghabra, it needs a plan.