The Canadian federal government has outlined a plan to ban the sale of new fuel-powered cars, trucks and SUVs by 2035 – five years earlier than the deadline it previously set for outlawing combustion engine vehicle sales.
Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said banning the sale of fuel-powered vehicles by 2035 is a necessary step if the country hopes to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century. In a statement, the Canadian government said it would “pursue a combination of investments and regulations to help Canadians and industry transition to achieve the 100 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035,” which will compound with the existing federal EV purchase incentives already available to residents.
“Through measures aimed at accelerating the transition to 100 percent zero-emission vehicles sales, we will continue building a cleaner and more resilient economy, while also creating good jobs and opportunities for all Canadians,” Alghabra said. “We will also continue to support the automotive sector, including through our investment of $8 billion to accelerate the industrial transition thanks to the Net Zero Accelerator.”
A report published by the University of California Berkely in April found it is “technically and economically feasible for all new car and truck sales to be electric by 2035, saving lives, cutting transportation costs, and creating millions of jobs.” The report, dubbed the 2035 Report 2.0, used models to calculate the total cost of ownership for gasoline and electric vehicles and found that electric trucks are already cheaper to own than diesel versions on a total cost-per-mile basis. It also found that electric passenger cars will be cheaper than their gasoline equivalents within the next five years.
With this plan, Canada is following in the footsteps of other eco-conscious nations like the United Kingdom, which plans to ban the sale of new fuel-powered vehicles by as early as 2030. Norway, where EVs already account for 60 percent of the market share, is taking it a step further and plans to ban the sale of fuel-powered cars by 2025. Some U.S. states have also moved to ban fuel-powered car sales within the 2035 timeframe, including Massachusetts and California.