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e-1891 (Road transportation)

Initiated by Audrey Depault from Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Transport

  • 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.
Government response tabled on June 19, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-34-13)
Open for signature
October 17, 2018, at 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 14, 2019, at 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Peter Schiefke (Vaudreuil—Soulanges)
May 6, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03630)
Government response tabled
June 19, 2019
Photo - Peter Schiefke
Liberal Caucus