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Countries around the world are setting new targets for achieving zero emissions. That is why policy is increasingly aimed at the earliest possible termination of the sale of cars that pollute the environment. A new ban on the sale of vehicles with an internal combustion engine comes into force in Quebec from 2035.
The sales of new gasoline-powered cars will be banned in Quebec from 2035, Environment Minister Benoit Charette said in an interview with The Press. This measure is part of the Plan for a Green Economy that the Minister unveiled on November 9th, reported The Canadian.
François Legault's government aims to increase the number of electric vehicles on Quebec's roads to one and a half million within 10 years. This will account for almost 30% of the province's vehicle fleet. The number of electric vehicles is expected to reach 95,000 by the end of 2020.
From 2035, only fully electric or hybrid vehicles will be available in Quebec. The law targets all “personal use” vehicles: small compacts, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and vans. Vehicles used for commercial and industrial purposes are excluded.
The market for used cars with internal combustion engines will be able to continue its activity, but after a while, it will also disappear and transform into a market for used electric vehicles.
Now the law on "zero emissions" provides for quotas that oblige car dealers to sell a certain percentage of electric vehicles, but over time, these quotas will expand and increase. The province's policy is to “force manufacturers to make electric vehicles available." “With our zero-emission law and with the obligation [by 2035], producers will not have the choice of supplying the market,” said Minister Charette.
Quebec will maintain its assistance program for the purchase of an electric vehicle, however, over the years, the amount of the incentive will decrease. In addition, the government intends to accelerate the deployment of a network of charging stations, which is one of the most important conditions for ensuring the growth of the number of electric vehicles on the roads of the province.
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