Zero Emission Vehicles Act introduced in Legislature this week

The goal of new  legislation introduced this week is to fight climate change by phasing out gas powered vehicles according to the NDP Energy Minister and Nelson Creston MLA.

The Zero Emission Vehicles act would require all cars and light trucks sold by 2040 to be zero emission, with targets phased in over the next 20 years.

Michelle Mungall says from what she's hearing, British Columbians are wanting to make the switch, but price and availability can be barriers, so they're bringing in rebates, and legislation that will help improve availability.

The CleanBC plan includes incentives for zero-emission vehicle purchases  up to $5,000 on a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

Mungall is hosting an open house on CleanBC in Nelson at LVR in the drama room on Tuesday April 23 rd from 4:30 to 6:00 

According to Mungall, those who purchase electric vehicles typically save about 75% on their fuel and maintenance costs, which adds up to about $1,500 per year.