Canada to Mandate 100 Percent EV Sales by 2035

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Canadian government will mandate the sale of EVs by the middle of the next decade. That's the message from the country's Environment minister Steven Guilbeault in new regulations his office announced earlier this week.

The proposed regulations require that 20 percent of all vehicle sales be electric by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030. By 2035, all passenger vehicles sold in the country will be electric. Automakers and import companies that can’t or won’t comply with the regulations could face fines, but the entire industry has work to do to hit those targets. CTVNews pointed out that EVs and PHEVs accounted for just 7.2 percent of new car registrations in 2022. 

Some in the Canadian auto industry aren’t sure the government has it right. One executive said the country needs more EV infrastructure before setting a sales goal. Another noted long wait times for desirable EV models as a hurdle to adoption and said that the pressing climate emergency meant consumers needed to switch to EVs as soon as possible.

Others celebrated the announcement but were cautious about implementing the policy. Advocacy group Clean Energy Canada said the penalties needed to be legally enforced but warned that the process was complex and time-consuming. Further driving this point home: Parts of Canada already have EV sales targets, but the government didn’t enforce them and couldn’t get the industry on board. 

Previous estimates by the Government of Canada stated that reaching the sales goals would require 395,000 EV sales in 2026, 1.2 million in 2030, and 2.0 million in 2035. That translates to approximately 4.6 million EVs on the road by 2030 and 12.4 million by 2035.

The government is expected to announce a points system to track EV sales, with electric vehicles getting a larger credit than plug-in hybrids. That’s great on paper, but in Canada, just like here, PHEVs are a better choice for people living in remote and rural areas. 

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Dec 26, 2022

    FreedMike--True but the troll on this site is looking for anything to support his position even if he has to exaggerate and stretch the facts. Just a sad and pathetic way to get attention.

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Dec 27, 2022

      Oh wow Louovich showed up. Almost all of Putin's Puppets are here. I do have a question since you all are huge proponents of child slave labor, do you all run cobalt mines?

  • VoGhost VoGhost on Dec 27, 2022

    EBflex - how many times do we need to explain it to you? Just because you spend your life spreading Russian and maga propaganda, that doesn't mean other people do. We're different from you.

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    Do you understand now, or do you only comprehend what to think when it's translated from the original Russian?

    • EBFlex EBFlex on Dec 27, 2022

      Oh look two of Putin's puppets are here adding nothing to the discussion at hand. How cute. I bet they are the same person though.

      VoGhostovich how's the child slave labor camp you run going? Have you told any of the children to commit suicide when they said something you disagree with? Also, I say Merry Christmas. If you don't like it that's your problem, not mine. Why don't you go to an Islamic country and sh!t all over one of their holidays and see how that goes for you.

      Jeffovich, sorry to have to do this but here is the reality. I make comments on what I want to make comments on. I rarely ever engage you unless I need to point out when you are being narcissistic and mentioning your fake little trucklet. Other than that, I leave you alone. But then you reply to me with nothing more than personal attacks adding nothing to the conversation. And that is because you are a child. YOu, like Louovich, Mikeovich, Elscottovich, and VoGhostovich are incapable of hearing something that goes against your way of thinking. And because you are not capable of critical thought, you lash out and have a tantrum, calling people names, etc. Do you remember that time you were a massive hypocrite and write this:

      "Tassos--Real civil of you. He just admitted that EV Trucks are not ready to do truck things but then you had to go to the lowest level possible and trash him. You are just another troll not wanting to add but to insult. Real big of you".

      Now were you being obtuse when you wrote that or was that projection?

  • Kars This article was about Ford not Tesla - you are clearly confused.
  • Ollicat Those are individual charging stations vs entire gas stations that have 8 - 16 pumps. And gas stations take 3 minutes to fill vs 30 min to hours for a charging station. And gas pumps are much more likely to be working vs charging statins. Nice try with more propaganda though.
  • Richard Poore Sure, as the article itself notes (hence my ire) California has mandated that all new vehicles sold in state be EV by 2035. They require EV or hybrid by 2026. Since the author admits to this mandate it seems that the article title is clickbait... was really hoping that there was some sort of changes in the CA position since the state is sorely behind on where they need to be with charging stations for this sort of requirement.
  • VoGhost When will Audi eliminate the fake, oversized grills that impede aerodynamics?