British Columbia to rid its roads of polluting cars by 2040

Canada is ramping up its efforts to get more electric vehicles on its roads. British Columbia, the country’s third most populous province, has recently followed through on a plan to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040.

The legislation, which is known as the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA), could transform the Canadian province’s roads in the coming years. Under the new rule, 10 percent of all light-duty cars and trucks sold in BC by 2025 must be emission-free (electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen fuel cell) vehicles. By the time 2040 comes around, the province will completely prohibit the sale of gas-powered vehicles.

The move is designed to get automakers to send more plug-in vehicles to the province, where the market for cleaner vehicles still lags behind, despite high demand from British Columbians.

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