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Power Play: Canada’s Role in the Electric Vehicle Transition

Publication Year: 2020

Author(s): Sharpe B, Lutsey N, Smith C, Kim C


This paper evaluates Canada’s position in the emerging global electric vehicle industry by analyzing sales and production trends for conventional and electric vehicles and comparing these trends to similar auto markets around the world. By examining Canada’s electric vehicle market and assembly developments, and comparing those with activities in other manufacturing countries, the authors identify underlying policies that Canada could use to ensure they remain an integral part of the rapidly evolving global automobile industry. Based on the analysis, the following are the key findings and policy recommendations: (1) Canada’s auto industry lags behind other auto-manufacturing countries in its preparation for an electrified transportation future. (2) Targeted policy support for electrification can future-proof Canada’s auto industry. (3) Canada can build on its early leadership in developing and producing hydrogen fuel cell technology—especially for heavy-duty vehicles.

Source of Publication: ICCT White Paper

Vol/Issue: April 2020, 1-52p.

Country: Canada

Publisher/Organisation: International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

Rights: International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)


Theme: Vehicle Technology | Subtheme: Electric vehicles

Tags: Electric vehicles, EV Manufacturing, Fuel cells, HDV, Heavy Duty Vehicles, High-power-density converters, Hybridized battery systems, Hydrogen fuel cell, ICCT, International Council on Clean Transportation, Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Electric vehicle policy, International Council on Clean Transportation, ICCT

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