How Canada Can Design a Truly Effective Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate

Canada’s passenger vehicle emissions have risen over the past 15 years, despite a slight drop in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. While Canada has ambitious zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales target’s, the country’s actual ZEV sales share sits far below leading countries.

A lack of ZEV supply in Canada continues to be a key barrier to uptake. While global vehicle supply and variety are expanding rapidly, automakers are prioritizing other markets where they are required to sell more ZEVs. To get more ZEVs on the road, the federal government must move forward with its commitment to enact a national ZEV mandate. Doing so offers a number of additional benefits.

This white paper from Electric Mobility Canada and Clean Energy Canada provides recommendations for how to best design this mandate.