The Ministry of Transport is currently developing a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy, to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles;
Electric-vehicle deployment targets are essential signals to the market that a government is committed to a transition to ZEVs;
In 2016, 14 countries already had electric car targets in place: Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States (eight states);
ZEV mandates are key to ensuring consumers have access to electric vehicles to test drive and to purchase when they visit a car dealer;
ZEV mandates have been implemented in 10 states across the U.S., and in Quebec;
The ZEV program has been successful in California, where ZEVs accounted for 3.5% of all vehicle sales in that state, which is significantly higher than electric vehicle sales in any other state;
All countries that have achieved an electric car market share above 1% of their total passenger light-duty vehicle sales have offered financial and non-financial incentives to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles; and
Financial incentives are essential to the deployment of the emerging ZEV market.
We, the undersigned, Canadian residents, call upon the Minister of Transport to:
1. Set an ambitious electric-vehicle deployment target;
2. Adopt a national zero-emission vehicle mandate; and
3. Offer financial incentives for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles.
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