Imagine all new passenger vehicles sold in B.C. being zero emission? That’s what the province has promised to do in less than 35 years.
They plan to fulfill that promise by joining the likes of Germany, the Netherlands, and California in the Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance.
Environment Minister Mary Polak made the announcement during climate talks in Paris Thursday, promising all cars, trucks and vans sold in B.C. by 2050 will be zero emission.
It includes battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.
“We’re certainly leading the country, but we’re going to have to take the programs we have, we’re going to have to expand them, and we’re going to have to come up with new programs.”
B.C. has already pledged millions of dollars to offer consumers incentives to buy clean energy vehicles, and expand charging infrastructure.
Under the Clean Energy Vehicle program, B.C. offers incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.