Electrifying transportation

How effective climate policies for Canada's transport sector can drive the transition from fossil fuels to electricity
Monday, 5 December 2016 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Jonn Axsen
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Clean Energy Canada; Équiterre; Smart Prosperity Institute

What policies would put Canada amongst the world's leaders in clean transportation?

Despite the recent hype surrounding electric vehicles, a transition to electric mobility will not happen without strong climate policy. Professor Jonn Axsen's (SFU) presentation will draws insights from two new studies.

First is a recently released "report card" that assess the long-term effectiveness of policies that drive electric vehicle adoption in each Canadian province. Most provinces receive dire grades, with Quebec standing out as a beacon of hope due largely to its recently enacted (and highly effective) Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate. The second study uses a realistic consumer purchase model to explore the policies and conditions needed for electric vehicles to make up 40 to 50% of Canada's new vehicle market share by 2030.

Drawing from both studies, Jonn will identify a short list of the most effective electric vehicle policies, feeding into a discussion of what it will take for Canada to become a world leader in electric mobility.


  • Michelle Brownlee, Policy Director, Smart Prosperity Institute
  • Annie Bérubé, Director Government Relations, Équiterre
  • Clare Demerse, Federal Policy Advisor, Clean Energy Canada

All are welcome. Please RSVP.