Ontario’s New Democrats Lay Out Plan to Build, By and Ride Electric Vehicles

NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath is committed to launch Ontario’s first zero-emissions vehicles strategy.

A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition New Democrats

Posted July 15th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition New Democrats, has committed to launch Ontario’s first zero-emissions vehicles strategy, ramping up electric vehicle sales to 100 per cent of all new auto sales in Ontario by 2035.

“We’re going to make Ontario a global leader in electric auto engineering and manufacturing, we’re going to create new jobs in the auto industry of the future, and we’re going to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy, charge and ride electric,” said Horwath.

“The climate crisis is the greatest threat our world faces. But with how we respond to that crisis, we can create an incredible opportunity when it comes to the auto industry in Ontario.”

Ontario NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath continues outlining plans to fight climate change

Horwath and the NDP have released a comprehensive platform to tackle the climate crisis and create jobs. It’s the boldest and most effective climate plan Ontario has ever had — and it recognizes that transitioning to a net-zero economy requires shifting from internal combustion engine vehicles to zero-emission vehicles.

It includes help for manufacturers to retool to electric, financial incentives for people to buy electric passenger vehicles, and $600 per household to cover the cost of buying an installing a charging station at home. With Horwath’s strategy, all new vehicle sales in Ontario will be zero-emissions vehicles by 2035, and all transit fleets will be electrified by 2040.

Horwath made the announcement Thursday,July, 15th in Guelph, where the City of Guelph has been working hard to be a green leader, including planning to put 65 electric busses on the road, and installing 20 electric vehicle charging stations downtown. That kind of leadership needs a government that’s at Queen’s Park to support them, said Horwath.

“The Liberals had 15 years to make this kind of shift. They talked a good game but let us fall behind,” said Horwath.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has spent tens-of-millions of our taxdollars fighting to keep gas-guzzling cars on the road, while scrapping subsidies for electric cars

“And then came Doug Ford and his war on the environment. He cancelled the rebates for buying electric, and literally paid to have electric vehicle charging stations ripped out of the ground at GO stations. People deserve better — especially the next generation.”

Horwath’s commitment also comes with plans to expand and electrify municipal and regional transit, so more people can commute comfortably on clean electric busses and trains.

Background

The electric vehicle package is a part of the environmental platform released by Andrea Horwath and the NDP. Climate. Jobs. Justice. A Green New Democratic Deal (https://mcusercontent.com/27b005596f1767be1b3f4c789/files/ef942e2c-a82c-4a2a-b380-f7d5c74f8fd5/GNDD_EN_FINAL_compressed.pdf) . The zero-emissions vehicle strategy includes:

Auto manufacturing, sales and purchases

* Provide world-leading financial incentives for Ontario auto manufacturing plants to re-tool to produce electric vehicles

* Set a province-wide electric vehicle sales target of 15 per cent by 2025, 45 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2035

* Offer strong incentives to buy an electric vehicle, excluding luxury vehicles but with added incentive to buy manufactured-in-Canada electric vehicles

* Completely electrify government fleets by 2030

Charging

* Give $600 to households to install a charging station at home

* Require builders to put vehicle charging capacity in new homes

* Build charging stations on public properties, like GO Train stations and along roadways

Public Transit

* Work with municipalities to electrify all municipal transit fleets by 2040

* Take immediate steps to electrify the GO Train network on an accelerated timeline to replace dirty diesel trains along all lines

* Reverse the provincial funding cuts the former Conservative and Liberal governments made to municipal transit and paratransit service

For another report on details of the Ontario NDP’s climate plan, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/03/06/ontarios-democrats-unveil-what-they-call-ontarios-boldest-ever-climate-plan/ 

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