Canada to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks by 2035
Canada has announced its intention to ban the sale of new internal combustion passenger cars and light trucks by 2035, according to a Reuters report, five years earlier than initially expected.
“That’s right – by 2035 all new cars and vans that are sold must be zero emissions,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed in a tweet.
The 2035 target is part of the country’s plan to achieve a net zero-emissions economy by 2050.
To make this accelerated schedule work, Canada hopes that its offer of a C $ 5,000 subsidy for the purchase of electric vehicles under C $ 55,000 will boost sales of zero-emission vehicles.
This plan follows actions by a number of provinces, such as Quebec and British Columbia, which have already set targets to eliminate sales of combustion cars at around the same time.
“We are committed to aligning Canada’s zero-emission vehicle sales targets with those of North America’s most ambitious jurisdictions,” Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a statement.
With this planned ban, Canada joins the State of California and other countries that have committed to this goal, including the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Italy, France and Japan.