The British Columbia government’s recent announcement of continued support for the Clean Energy Vehicle consumer incentive program has been lauded by the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA). The program is critical to clean energy adoption by consumers and technology innovation within the province, the group says.
It also recognizes the importance of expanding readily accessible recharging infrastructure (residential, workplace and public), public awareness, consumer education fleet programs and training, says CVMA president Mark Nantais.
“More than 29 models of plug-in electric vehicles are now available in the BC market and demand is growing at an unprecedented rate,” says Nantais. “Other incentives that will help accelerate the replacement of older higher emitting vehicles with new vehicles having a broad range of vehicle energy efficiency technologies are very effective policies in reducing greenhouse gases from the transportation sector.”
The electrification of the automobile is a crucial part of the industry’s efforts, which include hundreds of billions of dollars being invested in research and development activities, focused on the development of more sustainable personal transportation, says the association.