Global Automakers of Canada, representing the Canadian interests of its 15 member companies from Europe, Japan and Korea, expressed support for the broader objective of decarbonizing transportation after the government of British Columbia announced that it will be pursuing legislated zero emission vehicle targets.
“Our members have been leaders in the introduction of alternative propulsion technologies and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our products,” said David Adams, president, global automakers of Canada. “The goal for government and industry should be the reduction of GHG emissions, not the specification of a particular technology. In that respect, we are disappointed with today’s announcement, given that Canada already has GHG emissions regulations for light duty vehicles that will absolutely drive greater introduction of zero emission vehicles as one way of meeting more stringent emission standards.”
Mr. Adams expressed optimism that the B.C. government has indicated it will be consulting broadly and collaboratively with industry to ensure that the mandate will be constructed in such a way to minimize negative impact on the automotive industry.
“We’ve not yet seen what the government has in mind but the importance of dialogue and collaboration in this context cannot be understated,” Adams noted.
The association also acknowledged the contribution by the government to top up the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive program by $20 million to assist in bridging the purchase price gap between electric and fuel cell vehicles and traditional vehicles. Further additional funds will be required for the continuation of incentives and on-going infrastructure development.