Quebec Banning Gasoline Dependent Passenger Vehicles in 2035

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
quebec banning gasoline dependent passenger vehicles in 2035

On Monday, the Canadian province of Quebec announced it would be joining California and numerous European locales in the banning of gasoline-powered automobiles. Announced during a meeting regarding the region’s green economy plan, the French-speaking province said all new vehicles sold after 2035 would have to be entirely electric. Then there was a slight derailment as Premier François Legault used the occasion to publicly decry that it was “totally unacceptable” that some shop owners in Montreal are failing to greet customers in French and that the situation needed to be remedied immediately. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante agreed, saying “clients must be able to get served in French. Period.”

One battle at a time, heroes. Justice will be served (and in glorious French) to those English-speaking heathens and their foul-smelling cars soon enough.

Quebec’s environmental strategy envisions utopia only after reducing greenhouses gases 37.5 percent by 2030 (vs 1990 levels). According to Reuters, leadership also plans to spend $5.1 billion plan over five years to meet the goal and further incentivize electric vehicle purchases. The Québécois government website noted the region it would like to see 1.5 million EVs on provincial roads by 2030.

From Reuters:

Quebec will also renew the rebates on the purchase or rental of an electric vehicle and charging stations for citizens. Currently, the government offers individuals, businesses, organizations and Quebec municipalities a rebate of up to $6,100 on the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle.

The government said it will also do its part by electrifying its provincial fleet of light vehicles as much as possible so that by 2030, 100 percent of its cars, vans and SUVs, as well as 25 percent of its pickups, will be electric.

The ban will bring Quebec in line with other jurisdictions such as California, the largest U.S. auto market, which in September announced a move to electric vehicles starting in 2035.

The Canadian province of British Columbia has already moved to phase out fuel-powered cars and trucks over a two-decade period, with a total ban on their sale or lease coming into effect in 2040.

Despite a large number of global leaders promising comprehensive, net-zero emissions plans, we’re dubious as to anybody achieving their environmental goals within the next decade. EV development is progressing more slowly than the industry had originally anticipated and there are real questions as to the sustainability of widespread electrification — especially without a complete and costly overhaul to the supporting infrastructure. We’ve already seen a few of these suggested internal combustion bans get pushed back by five years or more and imagine governments will continue moving the goalpost until circumstances actually allow for carbon neutrality.

It’s wonderful to see so many world leaders thinking about the future so often. But most of us have to live in the real world until it manages to catch up with the dream.

[Image: Jim Barber/Shutterstock]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 17, 2020

    I don't plan on buying an EV in the near future but who knows if I am still driving and looking for a new car in 2035 or 2040 I might buy one if the price is competitive and the battery technology and infrastructure improves which it most likely will. If I bought an EV it would be less as a statement and more because I like it and it better meets my needs. A government mandate is not going to force me to buy something but competitive prices and improved technology and reliability would be a more important factor in my deciding to buy an EV.

    • Fleeecy Fleeecy on Nov 18, 2020

      @Jeff S - Government mandates are not aimed at forcing you to buy something. It’s aimed at sending a clear message to carmakers so they work in the right direction. In this case, the right direction is to stop building ICE-only vehicles and to make PHEVs, BEVs and, maybe, Hydrogen-powered vehicles. The tech is there, it’s improving every day and very quickly. All we need now is to stop being dependent on petrol. Just make a PHEV version of every single ICE car out there. Can’t be that hard. Just look at the offerings in Europe. Also, make them build good BEVs and watch the prices drop as carmakers compete for our business.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 18, 2020

    @fleecy--True but the manufacturers are going to make the vehicles that sell. If few buy an EV then the manufacturer has little incentive to make them. I am not saying that EVs won't sell but the manufacturer is going to make the types of vehicles that are selling well. For example if the Government wanted most us us to buy compact and subcompact cars but most of us buy full size pickups or suvs then the manufacturer has little incentive to make compact and subcompact cars. I would likely buy an EV in the future if the price drops and the battery technology improves along with improve infrastructure. I doubt I would ever buy a Tesla but an EV competitively priced that can be serviced at most places would be a vehicle I would consider. Also affordable and readily available replacement parts for any parts that might wear out.

    • DenverMike DenverMike on Nov 18, 2020

      Too many stars would have to line up. The politicians just want to get their stink out there, so they can claim they took a stab at saving the planet during their corrupt stint in office, while not giving a crap about what's realistic.

  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.
  • Zipper69 Some discreet dwebadging and this will pass for a $95k Lucid Air...
  • Zipper69 Does it REALLY have to be a four door?Surely a truly compact vehicle could stick with the half-door access with jump seats for short term passengers.
  • ToolGuy See kids, you can keep your old car in good condition.
  • ToolGuy MUAWGA