Trudeau highlights new electric-vehicle infrastructure during Victoria visit

Electric vehicles. Credit: Unsplash/John Cameron

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly said that he wants to make it easier for more Canadians to drive electric vehicles as they fight pollution, but often are too expensive for many Canadians and he isn’t ruling out nuclear power as a cleaner source of energy.

“We know we need to cut emissions,” he said Monday at an outdoor news conference at Royal Roads University in the suburban Victoria community of Colwood.

“We know we need to reduce pollution and one of the best ways of doing that is to get more clean cars on the road,” he said.

An emphasis was placed on Last week’s federal budget on transitioning to the green economy including expanding the availability of zero-emission vehicles and charging stations, Trudeau said

Trudeau added that the current program will be extended by the federal government that offers electric vehicle buyers up to $5,000 to help with purchases as well as introduce mandatory sales targets that require 20 percent of all vehicles sold by 2026 to be electric.

“Despite the high sticker price of an EV, the fuel and maintenance savings are so significant that the EV version often comes out tens of thousands of dollars cheaper,” Merran Smith, Clean Energy Canada executive director said at the news conference. “That’s the future.”

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