When the federal government announced a $5-billion commitment to the Net Zero Accelerator in last month’s budget, it caught the attention of Canada’s auto sector. The program, intended to speed up decarbonization in a range of industries, is a “game-changer for [the] Canadian zero-emissions vehicles business,” according to a budget-day tweet from Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.
Two electric vehicles getting charged at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont. in November 2018. Lars Hagberg/AFP via Getty Images