Canadian province British Columbia’s premier, on Tuesday, announced that his government is set to introduce a legislation next year that would require all upcoming light-duty cars and trucks to possess some form of electrification before being sold.
According to premier John Horgan, the government is expected to phase in the sales targets which will be applied only to new vehicles. Starting with 10 percent by 2025, the figures will then be raised to 30 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.
Supplementing the plan, British Columbia is set to expand its fast-charging network and spend an additional $15 million on incentives for consumers who purchase electric vehicles this year.
“We need to make clean energy vehicles more affordable, available and convenient,” Horgan said in a statement. He noted the targets were part of a long-term plan to achieve ambitious carbon emission reduction goals.
The government currently offers credits of up to $3700 for the purchase or lease of a new battery or plug-in hybrid vehicles and $4500 for new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The government further plans to expand the incentive program over time.
Reports suggest that electric sales in Canada have been on a surge, doubling in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year. Tesla ranks to be one of the most popular EV options in Canada followed by Nissan’s Leaf and GM’s Chevy Bolt.