British Columbia is set to introduce legislation next spring that will set the province up to require all new light-duty cars and trucks that are sold to be zero-emission vehicles by the year 2040. "As a province, we need to work together to put B.C. on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution". Right now, anyone who buys an electric auto is eligible for up to $5,000 in incentives; people who buy hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can receive up to $6,000. The rules, if passed, would put quotas on auto dealerships to make 10 per cent of their new auto sales zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2040.
Horgan's electric vehicle commitment is the first major policy plank in a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while expanding the liquid natural gas industry. It is accompanied by plans to bring the number of charging stations across the province to 151.
Six retail hydrogen refueling stations will be built, beginning with two stations in Metro Vancouver and one in Victoria, with all six to be completed by the end of 2020.
Right now, 12,000 clean energy vehicles are registered in B.C., which the province says is the highest adoption rate in the country.
The International Energy Agency said last week that electric vehicles and more efficient fuel technology will cut transportation demand for oil by 2040 more than previously expected.
Electric vehicle sales are booming in Canada, more than doubling in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period of 2017, according to clean-tech data firm FleetCarma.
"No time better than the present to get yourself into a zero-emission vehicle", Horgan said. A number of USA states, including California, have similar laws created to increase the supply and sales of plug-in electric vehicles.
Horgan needs a convincing plan to meet GHG reduction targets to retain the support of Weaver, who has been sharply critical of the LNG expansion and threatened to bring down the government over the issue.