Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to thank my fellow member for her amendment.
That said, it makes me wonder about the direction we are moving in. I'm trying to figure out whether we are indeed talking about zero-emission vehicles here. Plug-in hybrids are already allowed, and now, the government is proposing that the battery threshold size of those vehicles be reduced.
The bill refers to zero-emission vehicles, so I have a hard time wrapping my head around how a hybrid vehicle—plug-in or not—equipped with a 7 kilowatt per hour battery can classify as a zero-emission vehicle. By definition, a hybrid vehicle is going to emit greenhouse gases from time to time, just as a traditional vehicle would. It won't be the entire time it is running, of course, but I'd still like to hear where the officials stand on how a “zero-emission passenger vehicle” is defined.
What's more, doesn't reducing the battery size threshold, as proposed, call into question the very title of the measure, which is meant to support the purchase of zero-emission passenger vehicles? We are talking about vehicles that emit greenhouse gases, after all.