New rules mean no gas-powered vehicle sales by 2040 in B.C.

The B.C. government announced July 30 it’s implemented new rules to ensure all vehicle sales will be for zero-emission rides by 2040.

Those zero-emission vehicles include battery electric, hydrogen fuel-cell electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. 

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The regulations follow the May 2019 passing of the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act. The law requires automakers to reach annual electric vehicle sales of 10% of light-duty vehicles by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.

Electric vehicles sales accounted for 9% of light-duty vehicle sales in B.C., according to Clean Energy Canada.

The province currently offers rebates worth between $1,500 to $3,000, depending on the vehicle, for EVs costing less than $55,000.

That’s down from last year when rebates were worth up to $6,000 for vehicles costing up to $77,000.

The federal government, meanwhile, offers up to $5,000 in rebates for EVs under $45,000.

If a B.C. owner of an older car is eligible, they can also get a rebate from the provincial Scrap-It program amounting to $6,000.

That means some British Columbians can qualify for incentives of up to $14,000.

B.C.’s plans for the 100% EV target put it in the same position as Quebec and 10 U.S. states.

Meanwhile, the province also announced Thursday it was increasing rebates for e-bikes.

Drivers who trade in a vehicle to scrap are now eligible of a rebate of $1,050 towards the purchase of a new e-bike compared with the previous $850 rebate.

The government is providing $1,000 of the rebate, while participating retailers are providing the remaining $50.

The province is also launching a one-year pilot program offering $1,700 rebates to business owners who purchase a cargo e-bike for deliveries.

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