Carbon tax unlikely to push hybrid car sales: association
The carbon tax introduced by the B.C. government is unlikely to trigger a flood of sales of hybrid vehicles, new-car dealers said Wednesday.
The New Car Dealers Association of B.C., with 350 members, said the tax will simply help grow a market that is still a small part of overall sales.
"What this is is a gentle wake-up nudge to all of us that our carbon emissions are worth something," said Glen Ringdal, the association's president and CEO.
Finance Minister Carole Taylor announced Tuesday that as part of the new tax plan, carbon-based fuels — including gasoline, diesel, natural gas and home heating fuel — will be taxed at $10/tonne of greenhouse gases generated, starting July 1.