CBC News recently reported that the Canadian government will
release final regulations mandating that all new passenger cars sold
in Canada by 2035 must be zero-emission vehicles. The report noted that an
anonymous source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the new
regulations are meant to ensure that automakers produce enough affordable
zero-emissions vehicles (EVs) to meet the demand.
The regulations are to be called the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard
The regulations are meant to ensure that automakers produce
enough affordable electric vehicles to meet the demand?! What a crock!
That is beyond preposterous! The demand for electric vehicles is lagging far
behind what “experts” predicted-- and what our elite leaders wish to see. In a
free market, automakers would always produce enough vehicles to meet demand, to
The EVAS is a tool of a command economy, designed to force
consumers and automakers alike to bend to government wishes, all other
considerations be damned. In an attempt to make their demands come to fruition,
Ottawa will slap ever higher taxes-- and other punitive measures—on lower cost,
more efficient gas-powered vehicles…while providing ever larger subsidies to
both consumers and manufacturers of purportedly “zero emission” electric
vehicles, artificially driving sales in the direction it wants.
Ironically, the expense of purchasing and charging electric
vehicles will make the proposed regulations disproportionately affect lower-income
families. Low-income households would be less likely to afford at-home charging equipment and more likely to rely on
publicly available charging stations that charge a premium on the cost of
electricity. Moreover, folks in northern and remote/rural areas will simply not
have easy access to charging stations, though leftists in the Trudeau
government probably won’t care as these folks tend to be more conservative.
Furthermore, the electric grids-- Canadian and
American-- are nowhere ready to handle a vast increase in the number of EVs on
The federal governments won’t admit that,
however. If they are telling consumers that electric vehicle mandates
are to ensure that automakers produce enough EVs to meet demand, they
must think their citizens are dumber than hubcaps-- and more docile, too.