Lobby group pushes for rebates on used EVs

Electric Mobility Canada, a lobby group representing some companies that produce zero-emissions vehicles, has proposals that include aggressive zero-emission vehicle targets and a zero-emission-vehicle supply mandate, to ensure would-be buyers have a car to buy.

By Michael Bettencourt Wheels.ca

Jul 30, 2022 2 min. read

Article was updated 9 days ago

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about what automakers are asking the government to do when it comes to electric vehicles: more charging stations, increase rebates, eliminate sales targets and do away with the luxury vehicle tax.

Since then, several government announcements, mostly involving new EV stations, have been applauded by both automakers and a variety of environmental groups. And, while they are aligned on some issues, there are still differences between what automakers and “green” groups want.

That includes federal policies, like the target of having zero-emission vehicles account for 60 per cent of sales by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2035 – which is opposed by most automakers in Canada.

Electric Mobility Canada, a lobby group representing some companies that produce zero-emissions vehicles (everything from bikes to boats), recently released its 2030evactionplan.ca. It is the group’s road plan on how the country can meet its 2030 goal. Some of its 32 proposals include a scrappage incentive to take the oldest and highest polluting vehicles off the road, incentives for purchasing used EVs and low-interest loans for first-time EV buyers.

I should note, the group counts no legacy automakers among its membership. While Tesla and the Canadian Auto Dealers Association are still listed as members, many of the big automakers dropped out a few years ago because of aggressive zero-emission vehicle targets.

More contentious is that Electric Mobility Canada has been clear that the country also needs a zero-emission vehicle supply mandate, as rebates alone don’t matter if you can’t find an EV to buy in the province where you live. Currently, because only Quebec and British Columbia offer EV rebates, most of the country’s vehicle stocks are located there.

Michael Bettencourt bought his first EV in late 2011 and has followed the Canadian EV scene ever since. Follow him on Twitter @MCBet10court