Draft regulations to strengthen the zero-emission vehicle standard in 2025-2035
The public consultation is now closed
Two regulations relating to the zero-emission vehicle standard are currently under review. Published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on May 3, 2023, they where the subject to public consultation for a period of 45 days ending on June 16, 2023. Comments received will be taken into account in the development of the final version of the regulations. They will be submitted to the government for approval in accordance with the parliamentary calendar.
1 - Draft regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the application of the Act to increase the number of zero-emission motor vehicles in Québec in order to reduce greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions
This draft regulation aims to progressively increase the number of credits that must be accumulated by a vehicle manufacturer to meet its requirements in order to reach 100% zero-emission motor vehicle sales by 2035.
The requirements have been strengthened to achieve a target of two million electric vehicles on Québec roads by 2030. This corresponds to a 400,000 increase in vehicles compared to the target of 1.6 million set by the 2022-2027 Implementation Plan of the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy (2030 PGE) published on April 28, 2022.
Among other things, the draft regulation provides for:
- Amending the calculation used to determine the number of credits that the motor vehicles concerned provide, including a transitional provision for 2025 to 2027 model year low-emission vehicles;
- Progressively reducing the cap for the use of credits from reconditioned motor vehicles to 0% by 2035;
- Amending, to reflect the amendment to the calculation of credits, the calculation of the charge owed when the credits accumulated by an automobile manufacturer are insufficient to meet its now indexed credit requirements;
- Making adjustments to the classification of motor vehicles eligible for credits and the classification of automobile manufacturers, as well as the time frame for processing reports and the methods used to calculate certain requirements;
- Reporting the value of credit transactions and the number of electric vehicles that automobile manufacturers expect to sell in the five years following each annual report.
2 - Draft regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the limit on the number of credits that may be used by a motor vehicle manufacturer and the confidentiality of some information
This draft regulation is complementary to the first. Its purpose is to:
- Adjust the credits accumulated up to the 2024 model year and provide for the expiry of the credits over time;
- Progressively reduce the cap for the use of credits accumulated by an automobile manufacturer, to reach 0% by 2035;
- Amend the point in time when automobile manufacturers must inform the Minister of the number of credits they wish to use so that they can make a decision based on an up-to-date picture of their accumulated credits;
- Make minor adjustments to the information entered on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in the register provided for in section 11 of the Act to increase the number of zero-emission motor vehicles in Québec in order to reduce greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions (chapter A 33.02) that is not public information, including the reporting of the value of credit transactions and the number of electric vehicles that manufacturers expect to sell in the five years following each annual report.