Canadian Government Now Wants All Vehicles Zero-Emission By 2035

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
canadian government now wants all vehicles zero emission by 2035
The Canadian government has said it wants to accelerate its self-imposed deadline to ensure the sale of all light-passenger vehicles be of the zero-emissions variety by 2040. According to statements made by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra on Tuesday, Canada’s new target should be 2035. That presumably leaves customers with a little over a decade to enjoy internal combustion engines, though the realities of transitioning into an entirely electric automotive infrastructure may push back that date substantially.Alghabra noted that the target was “ambitious, undoubtedly, but it is a must,” adding that the ruling Liberal Party believed it was possible with an elevated amount of determination, focus, and effort. He also stated that more funding will be required to meet the new goal, coordinated with additional government regulations. While hardly what one would consider a free-market approach, Canada’s Liberal government has pledged to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. That date remains in place. However, the updated automotive timeline is likely to affect interim targets and necessitate new restrictions to have any hope of being met. Currently, zero-emission vehicles account for somewhere between three and four percent of new vehicle registrations in Canada under the most generous of estimates. But the plan calls for that share to rise to ten percent by an ambitious 2025 before the revised objectives can be taken into account.The Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) suggested that it agreed with the decision in principle but expressed concerns about the logistical issues associated with transitioning entirely to battery electric vehicles in just 14 years. That means they don’t think it’s all that realistic and it’s a take we’re inclined to agree with in one of those rare instances we find ourselves taking the side of lobbying groups.“We share the government’s ultimate objective of carbon elimination but find today’s announcement lacking in the details that will be required for Canada to successfully make the transition to 100 percent ZEV sales by 2035,” GAC President David Adams said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to further consultations with the government to elaborate on Canada’s plan for infrastructure investment, enhancement of manufacturing supply chains and coordinated federal and provincial policies which will facilitate the transition to carbon neutral mobility in Canada.”GAC alleges that the global automotive industry has already committed to investing over $330 billion ($267 billion USD) to bring ZEVs to market, adding that a minimum of 125 new models are planned for Canada by 2025.According to Automotive News, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) also had its say on the matter — stating that light-duty automobiles would all need to be converted to ZEV products (likely EVs) by 2035 to create a zero-emissions global society by 2050. Though we’ve no idea how they can assume the former is even possible when manufacturing and shipping goods are bound to require energy and produce pollution, regardless of whether or not we’re using battery power.From AN:According to the IEA, more than 20 countries to date have announced the full phase-out of internal combustion engine (ICE) car sales over the next 10-30 years. Moreover, more than 120 countries have announced economy-wide net-zero emissions pledges that aim to reach net zero in the coming few decades.Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said with the tougher goal the country would work with the U.S. on fuel efficiency and consult with stakeholders on new regulatory measures.He said harmonized rules would drive more accelerated ZEV deployment in the two countries.“We are not alone in committing to 2035. This is absolutely where the world is going. This where the world needs to go,” Wilkinson said. “We must reduce our emissions.”Technically speaking, we already have. Overall U.S. carbon dioxide emissions (which are often used as a general representation of environmental progress) have declined substantially since 2007, with some of the largest decreases taking place after 2017. By contrast, Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions are substantially lower overall but have remained relatively flat since their gradual rise in the 1990s. Canadian per capita CO2 emissions have fallen by meaningful amounts, however, mimicking the overall trajectory and timeline of the United States.[Image: Imagenet/Shutterstock]
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  • Ecomaster Ecomaster on Jul 06, 2021

    Lou start with the beginning. Look at the models of climate change which you rely upon, they are misspecified. Any undergraduate in statistics can see the holes. You understand specification error? I can explain it to you simply, relevant variables are excluded from the model and some of their impact is attributed incorrectly to included variables. A common problem in statistical models and climate models. I can give you several major recent studies showing the significance of solar variables (solar variables are excluded from the CO2 models). Linkages do not seem to carry on this site, but try this, which shows that CO2 concentrations are not related to global temperature change. There are many other research projects which support this work. Global greening related to higher levels of CO2, try this for a start, Read and learn.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 06, 2021

      @Lou_BC We can play dueling studies but here is a term that deniers hate: Consensus. What does the majority of scientists believe is the correct answer based upon all of the information available? "Scientific consensus is the collective judgment, position, and opinion of the community of scientists in a particular field of study. Consensus generally implies agreement of the supermajority, though not necessarily unanimity." The consensus is......

  • Ecomaster Ecomaster on Jul 06, 2021

    No, Lou, you did not read the study, obviously, the relationship between solar variables and global warming/cooling is a solid 97%, several orders higher than the flawed CO2 models you rely on. No scientists have offered a critique of these new solar models, that is just your wishful fantasy. Here is another correlation study by prominent scientists on the solar variable/global temperature relationship, please read it, if you want to learn something, You asked for studies, I gave them to you, now you have nothing to say...just as I expected. I am giving you the current state of the science on this. I showed you from the other study that higher CO2 is related to increased global greening and that means higher agricultural productivity. Take away CO2 and you would get famines and reduced world population. The hard way. There is no evidence showing pH levels reducing fish populations, you are the one promoting that idea, you show us the evidence.

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    • Ecomaster Ecomaster on Jul 17, 2021

      @Lou_BC You have not identified your source here, Lou. I gave you links to scientific articles, which you chose to ignore. You are treating the CO2 model as if it were a sacred cow. There are no sacred cows in science, Lou.

  • Cprescott Ford killed the TRANSit because it identified itself as a station wagon.
  • Crtfour I live in East Tennessee where most of the time driving is pretty low stress. But for work I have the misfortune of passing through Atlanta every 3-4 months. And passing through downtown you have to change lanes and merge so many times I still can't seem to keep it straight. On my last trip I ended up in an exit only lane ; the lane next to me where I had to get into was stopped so I was blocking the exit lane with this guy behind me blowing his horn and flashing his lights. I finally managed to get over finally allowing this guy to floor it and be on it's way. I consider myself a good driver with the exception of passing through there.
  • Pishta Those 80 B2000's were very Ford Courier like but the 81's had a completely new for Mazda dash. Less pods, more integration in one window. These didn't get the F motor until 84(?) only with the B2200 option. Single wall beds had lost of rust through issues. The 80 Quad headlamp grill was very rare, I dont rememeer seeing but one growing up.
  • FreedMike So it has transited out of existence here...
  • TheEndlessEnigma Self fulfilling prophesy. Ford spends virtually nothing on sales and marketing for the Transit....then scratches their collective heads not understand why it doesn't sell to their assumed objectives. If you do not market the vehicle, it will not sell. Pretty simple to understand really. Ford sure is working hard to make itself a niche automobile company, trucks and SUV's only. But that's OK, Kia/Hyundai/Toyota/Honda and yes even Volkswagen & Nissan are more than happy to sell to those customers Ford is apparently happy to walk away from.