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Canada Prepares To Ban Sales Of Fossil Fuel Cars By 2035

Canada joins Norway and other countries in planning to ban the sale of fossil fuel cars to curb the environmental crisis.

The country has proposed an Emissions Reduction Plan that would require all sales of new passenger cars to be zero-emissions models by 2035.

Reported by Engadget, on Wednesday (30/3/2022), the Government will gradually increase the pressure on car manufacturers, and requires at least 20 percent of sales of zero-emission products by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030.

Officials did not say whether this applies to the mix of products within a single brand or just the volume of cars sold. The Canadian government wants 35 percent of total sales of medium and heavy vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2035, and 100 percent of those engines by 2040.

The country is also offering CAD 1.7 billion (USD 1.36 billion) to incentivize purchases of electric cars and other zero-emissions vehicles. The country's program currently offers discounts of up to CAD 5000 (USD 4010) on electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell cars that meet a variety of price, seat, and battery requirements.

The above plan aims to reduce emissions by about 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and reach zero by 2050. The plan also includes disbursing funds to support renewable energy projects, shrink oil industry emissions and develop nature-based climate solutions.

The Canadian car market is actually smaller than the US. Passenger vehicle sales in Canada will reach 1.64 million in 2021, compared to 15 million in the US.

However, a de facto ban on fossil fuel cars could further motivate car brands that are already switching to EVs. But it still has the potential to lose sales as EVs are still more expensive. (*)

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