I got a reply back from the Minister of Transport Chief of Staff, Peter Dalla-Vincenza today in regards to a petition and submission for a Zero-Emission Vehicle Strategy.
“Thank you for your email regarding access to electric vehicles (EVs). As Chief of Staff to Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Alberta Transportation, I am able to provide the following information.
The Government of Canada is currently developing a National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy. It is being led by Transport Canada and is set to be completed by 2018. Alberta Transportation is participating in the development of this strategy, which could lead to actions that increase adoption of EVs by Albertans.
At this time, the Government of Alberta does not offer any EV programs for suppliers or consumers. However, as part of the work to support Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Alberta Transportation is currently assessing potential options to best support the uptake of EVs in Alberta.
As Alberta Transportation moves forward with determining how it can support EV adoption, we understand the need to focus on both supply and demand issues.
I appreciate you sharing your concerns and hope this information is helpful.
The down side is that from all the contacts I have that are involved with the ZEV initiative from the Federal level, it is unlikely that the Q1 deadline for the ZEV will be met and if nto met, less likely that it will even be met within the next year.
I believe we need more of a grass roots movement to promote those changes and to both push and advise the government in a more proactive approach.
I would like to bring together anyone interested in the creation and vetting of submission documents to the Provincial Government, the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, and Alberta Transportation to assist them in assessing the options and understanding our position.
If you are interested in being a part, please let me know and lets make it happen.