Canadian Manufacturing

Quebec wants automakers to meet electric vehicle sales targets

Provincial Environment Minister David Heurtel has tabled a bill that sets minimum sales numbers for plug-in vehicles



The Ontario government's plant to cut emissions reportedly focuses on increasing electric vehicle ownership and reducing residential natural gas usage. PHOTO: Nissan

Quebec hopes to prod automakers to sell more electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf pictured above. PHOTO: Nissan

BROSSARD, Que.—The Quebec government has introduced a bill that would make it the first province in Canada to require automakers to sell or lease a minimum number of zero-emission vehicles.

Environment Minister David Heurtel says the goal is to increase the number of plug-in vehicles offered to consumers in the province.

If adopted, the bill would require automakers to meet minimum sales targets set by the government.

Manufacturers would have to accumulate credits by selling or leasing new electric vehicles or by acquiring credits from another vehicle manufacturers.

Heurtel says the law would apply to builders who sell more than 4,500 new vehicles each year.

It is inspired by similar legislation in California.

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