The transition to electric cars is further accelerated by legal regulations. Canada has decided to make all vehicles electric by 2035, while regulating the sale of electric cars from 2026.
The transition to electric cars is happening very quickly. Countries are trying to increase sales of electric cars and reduce the sales of traditional vehicles with their legal regulations. The latest initiative in this context came from Canada. Canada has decided to electrify all vehicles sold by 2035.
Under relevant legislation regulated by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Canada requires that one-fifth of all passenger cars, SUVs and trucks sold be electrified by 2026. By 2030, this ratio will reach 60% of all sales. By 2035, all passenger cars sold in Canada must be electric.
Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, said in a statement that the new regulation is “about ensuring Canadians have access to the tools they want”. On the other hand, dealers, sellers and importers that do not comply with these sales targets will face penalties under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
Canada Has A Long Road
All-electric and hybrid vehicle sales in Canada in the first six months of this year accounted for just 7.2 percent of new vehicle registrations. For the whole of 2021, this rate was 5.2 percent. The new regulation will come into effect on 30 December.
On the other hand, this new regulation is the first major implementation of Canada’s emission reduction plan in 2021. Under this plan, Canada aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels. Passenger vehicles play an important role in the country’s emissions reduction plan. Passenger vehicles account for half of all road transport emissions and about 10 percent of Canada’s total emissions across all sectors.