Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate
Vehicle manufacturers support collaboration and a partnership approach with governments to create increased consumer demand for electric vehicles given the environmental benefits over the mid-long term and global efforts to reduce reliance on petroleum fuels. On the other hand, a regulated ZEV mandate like that proposed in Quebec should be avoided. Such a regulation requires each vehicle manufacturer to meet a specific number of electric vehicle sales credits based on its total annual sales for a subject year. In effect, it requires manufacturers to sell a specific ratio of new zero emission (electric vehicles) at rates that exceed the natural consumer uptake of these vehicle technologies, unnecessarily forcing additional costs on consumers and potentially restricting their choice of non-electric vehicles needed to transport people, goods or services safely.