Canadian Government Working On National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy




2017 Nissan LEAF – Zero-Emissions Vehicle

The Canadian government is amidst plans to develop an upgraded zero-emissions strategy by 2018.

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will solicit the combined help of territorial and provincial partners, along with the automotive industry and related stakeholders, to devise a national strategy with specific aims to up the number of zero-emissions vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2018.

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BMW i3 – Zero-Emissions Vehicle

A national Advisory Group consisting of members from government, industry, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and consumers is working to come up with the best options to remove barriers related to battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell cars. Five areas will be researched and scrutinized, including:

  • Infrastructure readiness
  • Public awareness
  • Cost and benefits or ownership
  • Vehicle supply
  • Clean growth and clean jobs

The Canadian government believes that overall emissions can be reduced substantially through the push for zero emissions vehicles, since light-duty vehicles accounted for 50 percent of the nation’s transportation-related emissions in 2015. The same vehicles also accounted for 12 percent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

The Government of Canada has already made great strides related to the recent push. About $62.5 million was provided through the 2016 budget to assist with the widespread adoption of ZEVs. Another $120 million has been allocated in the 2017 budget for Natural Resources Canada to use for charging infrastructure development, natural gas and hydrogen refueling  stations, and supporting technology demonstrations.

The new program will further current initiatives such as provincial ZEV programs, Canadian innovation superclusters, and light-duty vehicle regulations. All of these efforts are in place in an attempt to meet Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, which is set for 2030.

Source: Green Car Congress

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I’m still anxiously waiting for a Canadian Federal EV rebate similar to what Americans have enjoyed for several years.

We’ll never get a Provincial rebate in Alberta … we have to protect those precious tar sands jobs (sarcasm).

I’m still aghast at how much oil Canada extracts from tar sands, but unlike Saudi Arabia who charges it’s citizens just 62 cents per gallon of gasoline, Canada digs it’s citizens for more than I pay for a gallon down here in the lower 48!

Well, Canadian owned Petro Company doesn’t exist.
They’re foreign player’s digging their share here.
And Canadian government is for sale.
This is it.

As an Albertan, I’ve been waiting for a Federal EV incentive program to come into play for a long time as well.

Interesting that you call them the “Tar Sands”. Most Albertans despise that term and prefer the “Oil Sands”.

some good legislative efforts coming from up north.

battery related:

Mark my words. You’ll never hear about that again. That article has zero details about energy density.

I used to go-to that website all the time but got tired of reading about all the breakthroughs coming soon, that are never heard about again.

They do provide more data, but obviously not in every press release:

50-60 Wh/L target for the project isn’t something spectacular comparing with slow charge batteries, but it may be compensated by almost instant recharge for some applications. There are hopes that supercapacitors eventually will reach LiIon energy density.

Anyway, yes, it is very far away from commercial automotive application, it is lab research yet.

There is an online petition to «Urge the Canadian Government to offer incentives for purchasing electric vehicles (EV)»

Nice to bring that!

62.5 millions in 2016? Where the hell did that go?

Probably the same place the 3 BILLION in tax breaks and subsidies went for fossil fuels.

My understanding is the 62.5 million was in the 2016 budget for initiatives in the 2018 calendar year.

There needs to be lots more public chargers. They should work just like a gas pump. NO NETWORKS! You should just pull up, insert your credit or debit card. Pay for your electricity and go.

Yup, but you’re asking for a miracle.

You have better than than in your house. The essential difference in EV’s is 90% of charging is done at the home so the need for infrastructure is exaggerated.

Often compared to gas stations but a bad comparison for two main reasons.

1. Many fewer people will be using them.
2. Lion battery tech requires much more time to safely recharge.

Great strides? I can’t even buy an electrified car here in Alberta other than a Tesla. I have tried Audi and they apparently are “sold out”. There was one left in Edmonton, a real bargain, only 12k over msrp, three times the price of a fully loaded crew-cabin 1/2 ton truck. Hey, January, February, March, …December is truck month, get 8k off msrp. Government push? I am sick of the pretence, fake half-measures by our province. It is more like they collude with Oil and Gas to sabotage electric car adoption and any other meaningful measure to get us off oil. Help your neighbour, burn oil like there is no tomorrow! Beautiful Alberta deserves better!

Good to see some Alberta EV fans posting. I come across really nasty anti EV types in the comments section of the National Post/Financial Post which I presumed were Albertans.


Hear, hear! Here in Calgary, Brasso Nissan sells Nissan Leafs (at least last time I checked), but even if you can purchase an EV, our charging infrastructure is so poor in Alberta that it’s difficult to run one properly, hence my capitulation in 2013 to purchase a hybrid.

Canada should adopt California’s ZEV regulations wholesale except for any support to fossil fuel cracked hydrogen- that stuff just needs to go away.

Quebec already adopted the ZEV regulations.

And now the rest of Canada needs to follow suite.

This would be a very simple and effective solution. A no-brainer to implement since it already exists in the North American Market.

On the other hand…if we really wanted to move forward quickly…there is always the Norwegian Model…at over 30% EV penetration even with the so-so models on offer today…

How about Canadians getting their government to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline by not sending it any sludge to transport?