Canada’s ZEV Policy Handbook

Noel Melton
Michael Wolinetz
Jonn Axsen
Suzanne Goldberg
Barbar Moawad

December, 2017


  • Current policies are unlikely to encourage sufficient ZEV adoption to achieve Canada’s ZEV targets or climate mitigation targets.
  • Only three types of national policies are likely to have a large impact on ZEV sales, while being reasonably acceptable to the public: sustained financial incentives, a ZEV mandate, or a strengthened vehicle emissions standard.
  • Choosing a policy approach involves trade-offs among multiple criteria, which are reviewed in the handbook.

Achieving Canada’s long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets likely requires widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). While some ZEVs are already available in Canada, strong policies are needed to induce a substantial transition to low-carbon mobility. Consequently, various levels of government in Canada have begun implementing policies to support ZEV adoption. The purpose of the ZEV Policy Handbook is to help stakeholders understand what ZEV policies are available, and to evaluate these policies according to several criteria in light GHG reduction targets.

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