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Canada: All new cars, SUVs, light trucks sold by 2035 must be zero-emission vehicles

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The new rules, known as the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard, were first unveiled in 2021. They are designed to help ensure supply is available to the market and shorten wait times to get an electric vehicle (EV).

Ottawa: Canada on Tuesday released final regulations mandating that all passenger cars, SUVs, crossovers and light trucks sold by 2035 must be zero-emission vehicles, part of the government’s overall plan to combat climate change.

Under interim targets set by Ottawa, zero-emission vehicles must make up at least 20per cent of all cars sold by 2026 and at least 60 per centby 2030. Industry officials say EVs represented 12.1per cent of new vehicle sales in the third quarter of 2023.

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