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Canada needs to raise incentives and charge capacity to reach EV goals: industry associations

The Government of Canada needs to increase incentives and increase the amount of domestic charging infrastructure to reach Ottawa'selectric vehicle(EV) goals. Said industry groups.

The federal government requires that at least 20% of new passenger cars sold in Canada be zero-emission vehicles by 2026. This will increase to at least 60 per vehicle. Cent by 2030, 100% by 2035.

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Canada is more and more EV to consumers, according to an analysis released on Fridayby the Canadian Auto Dealers Association, the Canadian Automakers Association, and Canada's Global Automakers Association. Approximately 1.7 million EV chargers than needed to power an electrified vehicle.

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"We are committed to electrifying the fleet and ... decarbonizing the industry ... this. The transition is happening, but probably partly, David Adams, President and CEO of Canada's global automaker, said at a press conference on Friday.

"We Wants to work with the government and work with other industry partners, but these goals are realistic and ultimately to achieve the true goal of reducing carbon emissions from transportation. Need to confirm. "

Lacking incentives, group found

Canadian government designed for new EV The group says a purchase in Canada that needs to look at theincentivethat was made.

Currently, the federal government is offering up to $ 5,000 for new electric vehicle purchases in the country. What's more, states such as British Columbia and Quebec offer up to $ 3,000 and $ 8,000 for new EV purchases, respectively. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon offer similar incentives.

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Ontario offered rebates until 2018 when Premier Dougford canned it, but used Offers an incentive of up to $ 1,000 for car purchases Up to $ 1,000 for disposing of EVs and old gas cars.

Other jurisdictions in Canada do not offer incentives for new EVs. This is a problem, said Brian Kingston, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Automotive Manufacturers.

"The maximum amount available is ... $ 5,000, but that's not enough," he said.

"Canadians are (currently) facing an affordable crisis. We help them switch to electricity and embrace incentives for the most powerful tools available. Must be. "

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When conducting the analysis, the group introduced Canadian federal and state programs to the US federal new EV incentives and California initiatives. Compared with. The group says the combination of these programs will provide an incentive of $ 12,200 for the purchase of new EVs.

Kingston proposes that the state implement its own rebate program. Or, if you disagree, we offer up to $ 7,500 in federal tax credits, as the United States does.

"The industry isn't looking for incentives forever. No, "Adams said.

"At some point the prices will be equal. Given the current environment, the price parity point is a little further ahead due to the impact of inflation on current car prices.

Need more public charging stations

EV charging stations are becoming more common in Canadian public spaces , There's still a lot to do, Kingston said.

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Currently the group is Canada There are 16,242 public EV charging stations calculated. If 50% of Canadian cars are completely electric, the country needs 1,676,580 chargers to support them.

"If you want to be able to power a fully electrified vehicle, you can double these numbers to see what you'll need in the next decade," Kingston said. Mr. says.

"It puts the whole discussion about multi-storey car parks and (parking) garages aside. These Canadians also need to help them to charge at home."

On Thursday, the federal government announced $ 4 million to fund the installation of 680 EV charging stations in Quebecby March 31, 2024. A facility for servicing multi-unit homes, streets, workplaces, or small vehicles.

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Since 2015, Canada has made EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible. We have invested $ 1 billion. So far, the investment will create more than 25,000 new charging stations nationwide, a news release on June 23 said. Ottawa's goal is to help raise funds for 50,000 new charging stations in Canada by 2026.

Ottawa's 2022 budget proposes to invest another $ 400 million in EV infrastructure by March 2027 and nearly $ 1.7 billion to extend and expand incentive programs. doing. Until March 2025. Infrastructure Bank will also tip in $ 500 million for large EV charging and refueling infrastructure.

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Ontario previously announcedThis yearis the first progressive conservative government in the state to charge electric vehicles to highway rest areas, car pool parking lots, parks and hockey arenas. We are spending $ 91 million to install the vessel.

Canada's EV program is "very ambitious," Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told the Canadian press last month

" I'm going to do more, "he said, but added that Otawa has no intention of engaging in the charging station business in the long run.

"After all, the plan is to build it so that it is a business and you can make money with it."

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Increasing interest in EVs despite high inflation: Survey

Canada The economy is tackling high inflation, with the consumer price index reaching7.7% in May, supported bysoaring gas prices

This is the best in nearly 40 years. However, a survey released this weekshows that Canada's interest in EVs is at its highest level ever, despite rising costs.

Ernst and Young'sMobility Consumer Price Index46% of respondents plan to buy EVs from 11% in 2021. Eighty percent of respondents are premium for these cars, and two-thirds of consumers will be willing to pay up to 20 percent more than regular cars.

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What is a battery-powered electric vehicle in Canada? Over the years, 58,726 new cars were registered last year, up from 39,036 in 2020.Statistics Canadadata shows. In 2017, only 9,079 new battery-powered electric vehicles were registered in Canada. According to the data, hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are also becoming more popular.

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Considering that fuel prices are at record levels, especially despite high inflation and supply chain problems. It's not surprising that EVs are of great interest in Canada, said Dmitry Anastakis, a professor of history at the Faculty of Business Administration in Rotman.

"In the next decade, most car buyers will face this basic question: will they get a petrol-based internal combustion engine or an EV? "He told Global News.

"For EVs, the future is here. You can see it on the road, and it's really like a kind of revolution we're in the middle of."

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Canada's EV network It really takes shape, he added. So far, Canadians are familiar with industry news articles, such as investing in a domestic manufacturing network to build the EV market.

For example, last monthOttawa and Ontario helped car maker Sterantis remodel and modernize its Brumpton and Windsor plants for EV production, a total of 10 Announced $ Billion Investment

In March,Honda pivots production at its plant in Ariston, Ontario to support the production of hybrid electric vehiclesAnnounced the plan.

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We still need to answer a lot of questions about EVs, such as the length of the EV life cycle and the length of the power grid. Adapt, Anastakis said.

But for now, it's "very good so far."

"There are a lot of bumps on the road, but in most of the 20th century and most of the 21st century, no one was thinking about this, so it would be surprising to look back. It can really happen the way you are, "he said.

"And it's happening."

— Using The Canadian Press files

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