Quebec now regulates carmakers on EV offerings

Quebec has become the first province to regulate automakers on the number of battery electric and hybrid vehicles offered to consumers, according to a news release.

The news follows the Quebec government’s approval of its Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Standard on December 13, which is part of a plan to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases and create a low-carbon economy.

“The ZEV standard will help reach government targets in the electrification of transports. Similar to other measures set out in the 2015 to 2020 Transportation Electrification Action Plan, it will help us to shrink our carbon footprint and reduce energy dependence while growing our collective wealth,” said André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification. “In adopting this measure, we are encouraging automakers to diversify their offering of vehicles that use electricity produced in Québec from renewable sources.”

Modernizing the Quebec economy and creating highly-trained specialized jobs is part of the expectation that comes from approving the ZEV standard, which many believe will

“spark” the electrified transport industry to move forward. It’s also meant to help meet the current consumer demand in the province, according to Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.

“The current vehicle offering does not meet [the] growing consumer demand. Many Québécois want to drive clean vehicles but face a dearth of cars on the market and/or discouragingly lengthy waiting times,” said Melançon, adding that “We need to release these limitations on consumer choice, and that is the intent of the ZEV standard: More supply and more diversity in available models that meet the specific needs of users.”

A ZEV standard is also used in states like California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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