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West Coast Reacts: BC must move more quickly on electric car law, align with Canadian targets

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories/VANCOUVER -  Lawyers from West Coast Environmental Law are challenging the Province of BC to meet or beat the new Canadian standard for electric vehicles set today.

“As British Columbia bakes in a climate change-fueled heat wave, the provincial government is in danger of falling behind on important actions to reduce emissions,” said Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer. “The federal government is committing to stop the sale of internal combustion engine powered personal vehicles by 2035, aligning with Quebec and California, and a full five years before BC’s deadline.”

In 2020, BC had the highest percentage of electric vehicle sales in Canada, at 8.4 percent, positioning the province well to increase its ambition.

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For more information, please contact:

Andrew Gage| Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law
250-412-9784, agage@wcel.org