This Canadian province’s law on clean energy vehicles was called “The most aggressive” of its kind in North America.
The Zero-Emissions Vehicles Act (ZEVA) passed in British Columbia, Canada on May 29,2019. The new law requires all light-duty vehicles sold in the province to be zero emission by 2040 and that 10% of new vehicles by zero emission by 2025. Permitted vehicles under 8,500 lbs would include battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and hydrogen fuel-cell. The new law’s supporters say it will pressure the auto industry to keep up with consumer demand of electric cars.
British Columbians buy the most zero-emission vehicles per capita in Canada. The new law’s critics called out loopholes, like a credit system for manufacturers who don’t meet the targets, and consumers’ ability to buy vehicles in other provinces.
“The government can sell credits—there’s no cap on the number of credits that can create—so manufacturers would be able to access those credits, pay the government a little bit extra money and still be compliant without actually having put any extra vehicles on the road that are electric vehicles,” said B.C. Legislative Assembly member Peter Milobar.
European countries are currently global leaders in electric car sales.