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New federal incentives for zero-emission business automobiles will put a much-needed dent in Canada’s excessive transportation emissions

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OTTAWA — Joanna Kyriazis, clear transportation program supervisor at Clear Vitality Canada, made the next assertion in response to the federal authorities’s announcement of the new Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Responsibility Zero-Emission Autos Program:

“We welcome the federal authorities’s new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty automobiles, similar to supply vans, rubbish vans, and long-haul vans.

“The transportation sector is the second greatest supply of emissions in Canada, and business automobiles make up greater than a 3rd of that. Introducing an incentive program is among the best methods to get extra battery electrical, plug-in hybrid, and gas cell electrical business automobiles on Canada’s roads. The federal authorities’s related rebate for passenger automobiles has persuaded many Canadians to make the swap to electrical automobiles, and now companies will discover it simpler than ever to impress their fleets, as effectively.  

“The brand new incentives will reduce emissions, save fleet house owners cash, and help key Canadian manufacturing and export alternatives. Canada is house to a number of main zero-emission truck producers, together with Quebec-based Lion Electrical, which already has an settlement in place to provide Amazon with 1000’s of medium-duty electrical vans.

“We’re particularly happy that a lot of our suggestions had been included within the coverage’s design, which includes quite a lot of finest practices from different jurisdictions which have put related incentive packages in place. The truth is, Canada is following within the tire tracks of at the least seven U.S. states with related programs. 

“When it comes to subsequent steps, the brand new program should be a part of a broader zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty coverage package deal that addresses each demand and provide obstacles. This package deal ought to embody charging incentives to assist fleet operators deploy charging infrastructure alongside a car gross sales mandate to make sure sufficient automobiles are in the stores.

“Along with sensible coverage design, the federal authorities must be counseled for the pace at which this system was designed and rolled out. Local weather change will not be slowing down, and our coverage response shouldn’t both.”


  • Canada’s transportation sector is the second-biggest emitter in Canada, making up 24% of the nation’s complete emission, with heavy-duty fuel and diesel automobiles accounting for 37% of that.
  • Canada’s Emissions Discount Plan commits to “launch[ing] an built-in technique to scale back emissions from medium-and heavy-duty automobiles (MHDVs) with the purpose of reaching 35% of complete MHDV gross sales being ZEVs by 2030” and “develop[ing] a MHDV ZEV regulation to require 100% MHDV gross sales to be ZEVs by 2040 for a subset of auto sorts primarily based on feasibility, with interim 2030 regulated gross sales necessities that may differ for various car classes primarily based on feasibility, and discover interim targets for the mid-2020s.”
  • The federal Finances 2022 put aside $547.5 million over 4 years (or till accessible funding is exhausted) for the Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Responsibility Zero-Emission Autos (iMHZEV) Program
  • This system is efficient as of July 11, 2022, however incentive requests for reimbursement will not be anticipated to be accessible till Fall 2022.
  • The incentive ranges provided are primarily based on the category of the car, with heavier automobiles receiving bigger incentives. The incentives purpose to cowl roughly 50% of the value distinction between an electrical car and a conventional car.  Public transit and faculty transportation are excluded from this program given their protection in different federal incentive packages.
  • In response to the U.S. Division of Vitality’s Different Fuels Information Middle, at the least seven U.S. states have some type of MHDV incentive program, together with California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia. California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Undertaking has helped to deploy greater than 3,000 zero-emission vans and buses since 2010, with 61% of all zero-emission vans deployed within the U.S. having gone to California.


Clear Vitality Canada’s submission to Transport Canada | Incentives for Medium and Heavy Responsibility Zero Emissions Autos Program



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