Canada has announced that it will now require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in 2035 to produce no emissions, brought forward from the previously announced goal of 2040.
“We take another important step on the road to net zero by accelerating our zero-emission vehicle targets to 2035,” said Seamus O’Regan Jr. Canada’s Natural Resources Minister. “Achieving this target will require all Canadians, and businesses big and small, to embrace the change and go electric. That is why we will continue to invest in measures that put Canadians in the driver’s seat to a net zero future.”
Canada’s zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) include plug-in hybrids, which do still include a traditional gas engine for longer distances, a nod to the large rural areas in that country, although obviously, Canada considers fully electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell as ZEVs.
The shift in the nation’s powertrains could mean training, operational, equipment and regulatory considerations for Canadian repairers. One wonders if this will shape OEMs’ plans for their US operations as well, and crystallise 2035 as a de facto industry target date in North America. No. 1 U.S. automaker GM has already said it’d quit selling cars with traditional combustion engines — even plug-in hybrids — by 2035.
According to Transport Canada: “The Government of Canada also remains committed to aligning with the most ambitious light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emission regulations in the United States. Supporting a strong and unified North American automotive sector to transition towards zero-emission vehicles contributes to Canada’s climate change goals, and positions Canadian and American workers alike to benefit economically from this global shift.
Canada said it would drive the nation to the 2035 goal with a mix of “investments and regulations”, and it would also “develop interim 2025 and 2030 targets, and additional mandatory measures that may be needed beyond Canada’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions regulations.”
“Only bold climate policies lead to bold results,” said Omar Alghabra Canada’s Transport Minister in. “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. We will also continue to support the automotive sector, including through our investment of $8 billion to accelerate the industrial transition thanks to the Net Zero Accelerator.”
This article courtesy of John Huetter of Repairer Driven Education (RDE). Check out their website at; http://www.repairerdrivennews.com/ for this and many other informative and educational articles on the collision repair industry.