Achieving a Zero-Emission Future for Light-Duty Vehicles

Clean Energy Canada submitted comments as part of the consultations on “Achieving a Zero-Emission Future for Light-duty Vehicles” in Canada. Our comments focus on the following subset of the questions for which Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is soliciting input:

  1. What should be the approach to achieving 100% in 2035, including zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales of at least 50% in 2030?
  2. In addition to ZEV sales targets of at least 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2035, are additional interim targets needed to allow Canada to succeed? What should those targets be?
  3. The Government of Canada will be mandating the sale of ZEVs. How should this be designed and what should be considered to ensure its success? What are the mechanisms in other jurisdictions’ mandatory ZEV regulations that should be used or avoided?
  4. What role should plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) play in achieving the 100% ZEV sales target?
  5. What issues impede adoption of ZEVs in Northern and remote communities and by low-income households? How can the government address these issues?
  6. In addition to the measures already implemented by the Government, are there other actions the Government should explore to complement the regulated sales mandate?
  7. Should the Government scale up its existing efforts on incentives, infrastructure, and awareness and what are the priorities?
  8. Should Canada explore other options to close the price gap between ZEVs and ICE vehicles, including feebates or measures that prevent higher leasing and lending rates for ZEVs?
  9. Should Canada’s Excise tax on Fuel-Inefficient Vehicles (Green Levy) be modernized to better
  10. align with climate objectives (e.g. include a wider range of vehicles?)
  11. What role does Canada’s critical minerals and battery supply chain have in helping Canada achieve its ZEV targets?