Canada budgets $458 million to accelerate shift to electric vehicles | The Driven
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The Canadian Trudeau government’s latest budget has set aside $CA435 million ($A458 million) to help accelerate the transition to cleaner vehicles, and its target for all new vehicles to be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

Under the plan to ensure a transition to zero emissions transport, purchasers of an electric or hydrogen car under $CA45,000 ($A47,400) will receive $CA5,000 ($A5,270) assistance as well as a tax deduction for companies that opt ​​for these vehicles.

The 3 year, $CA300 million ($A315 million) financial incentive measure will become effective this year and will allow all Canadians to benefit from assistance to “go electric” – currently, only residents in two provinces are able to access assistance.

The British Columbia government currently offers $CA5,000 ($A5,270) as an incentive to purchase a zero emissions vehicle while in Quebec, residents can access $CA8,000 ($A8,430) financial assistance.

Companies will also receive a full tax deduction for the purchase of non-polluting vehicles in the first year of commissioning, up to a value of $CA55,000 ($A58,000), including sales tax.

The incentives are in line with a recent interim report from the Canadian Climate Action Advisory Council which recommended an incentive of up to $ 5,000 for zero-emission vehicles or plug-in hybrids for at least two years.

“The incentive should be available for at least a two-year period to help close the gap between the upfront costs of electric vehicles relative to gasoline or diesel models, making electric vehicles more affordable for middle- and lower-income Canadians,” says the report.

The budget also sets aside $CA130 million ($A136 million) to be directed to the Natural Resources Canada over five years for the deployment of EV charging stations starting in 2019-20.

An additional $5 million ($A5.3 million) will be set aside for to enable Transport Canada to work with automakers to put in place zero emissions vehicle sales targets for vehicles with a manufacturer’s list price of less than $CA45,000 ($A47,400).

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