Canada's Clean Fuel Standard
Clean Fuel Standard
This is one of the most important Canadian initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions. It will see credits generated for low carbon fuel sources while penalizing those who emit high amounts of carbon.
For electric vehicles, every kilometer driven would count towards credits that could be re-invested to install new charging stations, education and outreach programs, or discounts on the purchase price of vehicles from manufacturers.
Last year, EV Society and others were successful in efforts to ensure that all electricity delivered to EVs would be credited for reinvestment. However, recent changes proposed by the government threaten to drastically diminish the effectiveness of CFS to support electric vehicle adaption in Canada.
Removal of credits for 100% of charging
The new government proposal would credit only charging from networked chargers which excludes roughly 80% of charging sessions since most drivers charge at home with a non-networked station.
Removal of a provision to reinvest credit in public education
Education and awareness has been removed as a way to re-invest credits. Education and awareness campaigns improve customer confidence and increase adoption rates so this proposed change would harm EV adoption rates.
Credits are phased out prematurely in 2027
The proposed changes also phase out residential EV credits starting in 2027, which is well before the government’s own Zero Emission Vehicle targets of 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
Rural Canada and some Provinces will be short-changed
An inadvertent effect of the recent changes could lead to inequitable distribution of reinvestment in EVs that more heavily favours urban centers over rural areas and provinces.
It’s not too late
If we respond with a large enough voice this week, there is still time to make our voice heard and guide changes that are equitable and fair to all present and future Canadian EV owners.
What are we asking?
Our request of the Government is simple: revert to the EV-supportive policies previously contained in the Proposed Regulatory Approach (PRA) that was drafted last year in June and achieved consensus on these important points among both industry stakeholders and EV owners.
What you can do
Immediate action is needed. We’ve made it easy for you to send a letter to the Honourable Minister Wilkinson of Environment and Climate Change Canada, asking for these changes that will ensure electric vehicle are properly represented in the Clean Fuel Standard.
We’re happy to have the following organizations supporting these changes from coast to coast. If your organization would like to support these changes, please contact us and let us know.
EV Society – Greater Sudbury
EV Society – Windsor Essex
EV Society – Barrie/Orillia
EV Society – Golden Horseshoe
EV Society – Toronto
EV Society – Northumberland
EV Society – Hamilton/Niagara
EV Society – London
EV Society – Mississauga
EV Society – Caledon
EV Society – Scarborough
EV Society – Kawartha
Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa
New Brunswick EV Owners
Drive Electric Newfoundland
PEI EV Association
Toronto Hybrid and Electric Car Club