Zero-emission vehicles quickly get traction in B.C. – sales rose from four percent of new cars last year to six percent in the first quarter of 2019 – but the provincial government is striving much more than that.
The zero emission law (ZEVA), adopted on Wednesday, sets the target of 10 percent of all new light cars and trucks sold in B.C. By 2040, everyone will have to be without emissions.
Zero-emitting vehicles include an electric battery, an electrical electric connection and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
For the Director of Clean Energy Policy in Canada Dan Voinillovic, the new law is a welcome tool to ensure that consumers can really find the cars they are looking for.
"This will greatly contribute to tackling the problems we have in British Columbia, which means that we have more British Columbians interested in buying electric cars than having electric cars at retail outlets," Voinillovic said.
He said there was often no stock; Customers can not take a test ride and have to wait for the ordering of the vehicle.
According to Voinillovicz, the goals set in the new law will be subject to adjustment in the next 20 years, as officials look at the demand and availability of zero-emission vehicles.
Support for the opposition Luke-warm
Opposition B.C. The Liberals voted for ZEVA, but critic of the environment and climate change Peter Milobar said he had problems with the law, arguing that he would prove to be ineffective to a large extent.
Milobar said that the fact that consumers can take their jobs to Albert if they are not interested in cars with zero emissions is not ideal. He also said that the credit system for producers who can not meet the objectives of the gaps.
"The government can sell loans – there are no restrictions on the number of loans they can create – so that manufacturers can access these loans, pay a little more money to the government and continue to comply, without complementing the additional vehicles on the roads are electric vehicles, "he said.
Milobar has suggested that focusing on car emissions over the next 20 years will not go too far to reduce overall emissions in the province, and combustion engines make progress in reducing emissions, so they should not be banned.
With long-term goals, new laws can be subject to major changes before 2040.
"None of the given reference checks will be relevant until after the next general elections," Milobar said.
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