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Increase in electric vehicles produced in Ontario: Promising news that must be supported by ambitious policies

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Équiterre welcomes the Ontario and federal governments' announcement regarding the investment in Ford's Oakville plant, breathing new life into Canada’s automotive sector, which has been on the decline for the past 20 years. The announcement however, must be part of a more comprehensive electrification plan in order to reach its full potential.

"We can’t expect electric cars to be the only solution for our GHG emissions reductions, but it’s great to see that Canada is not simply going to watch the parade go by, but will be an important player in the manufacture of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). We now must ensure that buyers are ready and that recharging infrastructure throughout the country follows closely,” states Marc-André Viau, Équiterre’s Director of Government Relations.

Currently, 0.5% of vehicles built in Canada are electric, which is more than 80% below the global average of about 3%. The investment announced today will enable the country to catch up on an international market that has already taken a considerable lead in electrification.

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