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Ottawa won’t set national electric vehicle quota for manufacturers

Ottawa won’t set national electric vehicle quota for manufacturers

The government has created an advisory panel aimed at bringing more zero-emission vehicles to roads across the country, a decision that advocates say is a positive step forward.

The federal government has created an advisory panel aimed at bringing more zero-emission vehicles to roads across the country, a decision that industry manufacturers and electric car advocates say is a positive step forward.

While the details of the strategy have yet to be discussed, Transport Minister Marc Garneau told the Canadian Press Friday that the government will not follow Quebec’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, which requires automakers to sell a minimum number of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles — a move that is sure to please Canada’s automakers.

Garneau and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, in Montreal and Toronto respectively, announced the creation of a panel of experts that will focus on developing a national strategy to increase the number of zero-emissions vehicles on Canadian roads by 2018. The advisory panel includes representatives from the auto industry, non-government organizations, academia, and both provincial and federal levels of government.

Flavio Volpe, the president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association and member of the panel, said it’s important that industry leaders are in the room for the policy discussions that could disrupt the auto sector…

 

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