The Canadian province of Quebec has announced that it will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars from 2035.
Quebec is the country’s second-most populous province and announced the ban as part of a $5.1 billion plan to lower the province’s greenhouse gasses by 37.5 per cent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. The move comes just a couple of months after California announced it will ban the sale of gasoline passenger vehicles by 2035.
Quebec isn’t the only Canadian province looking to phase out ICE vehicles. In fact, British Columbia is moving to phase out the sale and lease of fuel-powered cars and trucks by 2040.
As part of Quebec’s move, it will renew rebates on the purchase or rental of EVs and charging stations for citizens. As it stands, the government offers individuals, businesses and organizations a rebate of up to $6,100 for the purchase of lease of a new electric vehicle. The provincial government has also committed to electrifying its fleet of light vehicles and wants 100 per cent of its cars, vans and SUVs to be electric by 2030, while 25 per cent of its pickups will be electric by 2030.
According to Reuters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised sweeping measures to fight climate change in the country and will look to make zero-emission vehicles more affordable.
Word of Quebec’s ban on gasoline-powered vehicles comes just after a report suggesting that the UK will ban the sales of all new ICE vehicles in 2030 and only allow the sale of hybrid vehicles until 2035.