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Canadian Government Working On National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy

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The Canadian government is amidst plans to develop an upgraded zero-emissions strategy by 2018.
The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will solicit the combined help of territorial and provincial partners, along with the automotive industry and related stakeholders, to devise a national strategy with specific aims to up the number of zero-emissions vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2018.
A national Advisory Group consisting of members from government, industry, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and consumers is working to come up with the best options to remove barriers related to battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell cars. Five areas will be researched and scrutinized, including:

  • Infrastructure readiness
  • Public awareness
  • Cost and benefits or ownership
  • Vehicle supply
  • Clean growth and clean jobs
The Canadian government believes that overall emissions can be reduced substantially through the push for zero emissions vehicles, since light-duty vehicles accounted for 50 percent of the nation’s transportation-related emissions in 2015. The same vehicles also accounted for 12 percent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
The Government of Canada has already made great strides related to the recent push. About $62.5 million was provided through the 2016 budget to assist with the widespread adoption of ZEVs. Another $120 million has been allocated in the 2017 budget for Natural Resources Canada to use for charging infrastructure development, natural gas and hydrogen refueling stations, and supporting technology demonstrations.
The new program will further current initiatives such as provincial ZEV programs, Canadian innovation superclusters, and light-duty vehicle regulations. All of these efforts are in place in an attempt to meet Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, which is set for 2030.