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New federal incentives for zero-emission industrial autos will put a much-needed dent in Canada’s excessive transportation emissions

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OTTAWA — Joanna Kyriazis, clear transportation program supervisor at Clear Power Canada, made the next assertion in response to the federal authorities’s announcement of the new Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Obligation Zero-Emission Autos Program:

“We welcome the federal authorities’s new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty autos, resembling supply vans, rubbish vans, and long-haul vans.

“The transportation sector is the second greatest supply of emissions in Canada, and industrial autos make up greater than a 3rd of that. Introducing an incentive program is likely one of the best methods to get extra battery electrical, plug-in hybrid, and gasoline cell electrical industrial autos on Canada’s roads. The federal authorities’s related rebate for passenger autos has persuaded many Canadians to make the swap to electrical autos, and now companies will discover it simpler than ever to impress their fleets, as nicely.  

“The brand new incentives will reduce emissions, save fleet homeowners cash, and help key Canadian manufacturing and export alternatives. Canada is house to a number of main zero-emission truck producers, together with Quebec-based Lion Electrical, which already has an settlement in place to provide Amazon with 1000’s of medium-duty electrical vans.

“We’re particularly happy that lots of our suggestions have been included within the coverage’s design, which contains quite a lot of finest practices from different jurisdictions which have put related incentive applications in place. In reality, Canada is following within the tire tracks of no less than seven U.S. states with related techniques. 

“When it comes to subsequent steps, the brand new program have to be a part of a broader zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty coverage bundle that addresses each demand and provide boundaries. This bundle ought to embody charging incentives to assist fleet operators deploy charging infrastructure alongside a car gross sales mandate to make sure sufficient autos are that can be purchased.

“Along with good coverage design, the federal authorities must be counseled for the pace at which this system was designed and rolled out. Local weather change is just not slowing down, and our coverage response shouldn’t both.”


  • Canada’s transportation sector is the second-biggest emitter in Canada, making up 24% of the nation’s complete emission, with heavy-duty gasoline and diesel autos accounting for 37% of that.
  • Canada’s Emissions Discount Plan commits to “launch[ing] an built-in technique to cut back emissions from medium-and heavy-duty autos (MHDVs) with the goal of reaching 35% of complete MHDV gross sales being ZEVs by 2030” and “develop[ing] a MHDV ZEV regulation to require 100% MHDV gross sales to be ZEVs by 2040 for a subset of auto varieties primarily based on feasibility, with interim 2030 regulated gross sales necessities that will differ for various car classes primarily based on feasibility, and discover interim targets for the mid-2020s.”
  • The federal Finances 2022 put aside $547.5 million over 4 years (or till obtainable funding is exhausted) for the Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Obligation Zero-Emission Autos (iMHZEV) Program
  • This system is efficient as of July 11, 2022, however incentive requests for reimbursement aren’t anticipated to be obtainable till Fall 2022.
  • The incentive ranges provided are primarily based on the category of the car, with heavier autos receiving bigger incentives. The incentives goal to cowl roughly 50% of the worth distinction between an electrical car and a conventional car.  Public transit and faculty transportation are excluded from this program given their protection in different federal incentive applications.
  • Based on the U.S. Division of Power’s Different Fuels Knowledge Middle, no less than seven U.S. states have some type of MHDV incentive program, together with California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia. California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Venture has helped to deploy greater than 3,000 zero-emission vans and buses since 2010, with 61% of all zero-emission vans deployed within the U.S. having gone to California.


Clear Power Canada’s submission to Transport Canada | Incentives for Medium and Heavy Obligation Zero Emissions Autos Program



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