A local environmental group supports the BC Government’s pledge to require sales of all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero emission vehicles by 2040.
Vice president of Wildsight Invermere Cam Gilles says it’s a necessary step.
“In the Kootenays the largest source of carbon emissions is from transportation,” says Gilles. “Anything we can do to reduce our carbon emissions from transportation is a really good thing, and strange as it seems, government forcing manufacturers to produce these vehicles is a necessary step.”
Premier John Horgan says the legislation will set targets of 10% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
Gilles feels the first two goals are attainable but feels work still needs to be done to reach the 100% barrier.
“Zero-emission vehicle market is changing rapidly right now in terms of the kinds of vehicles that people are manufacturing as well as the charging infrastructure that’s in place to support those vehicles, so it could be attainable, it’s a long ways off.”
The province says they’ll be taking steps to make zero-emission vehicles more affordable and will expand BC’s fast-charger network to 151 sites.
The BC Government is also increasing its provincial incentive program by $20 million to encourage more residents to switch to zero-emission vehicles.
The incentive program will be reviewed to look into further expansion.
– Cam Gilles – Vice President, Wildsight Invermere