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Trudeau Won’t Say Whether Canada Will Hit Chinese EVs with Tariffs Like US | Car Scoops

The US will impose a 102.5% tariff on BEVs made in China to protect the local automotive industry

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    Trudeau won't say whether Canada will hit Chinese electric vehicles with tariffs like the US

  • Canada’s prime minister is trying to build a robust electric vehicle supply chain in the region
  • A $1.6 billion lithium-ion separator plant was recently announced for Ontario
  • Honda has also committed to investing 15 billion Canadian dollars in BEV factories in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has refused to say whether the country will follow the United States’ lead and significantly increase tariffs on battery-electric vehicles imported from China.

On the same day, May 14, the Biden administration confirmed that existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles would rise from 27.5% to 102.5%, and Trudeau attended the opening of a lithium-ion separator plant Ontario part. This facility is an essential part of Canada’s plan to build a robust electric vehicle supply chain in the region.

Read: Biden quadruples Chinese electric vehicle tariffs to 100%

“Of course we are closely monitoring what our closest trading partner in the United States is doing,” Trudeau said in connection with the US tariff increase. When asked about the new tariffs, the prime minister neither confirmed nor denied whether Canada would do the same, Auto News notes.

Currently, Canada does not impose significant tariffs on electric vehicles manufactured in China. At the same time, the company hopes to establish itself as one of the best places “to invest in an electric vehicle supply chain.”

Ontario’s new lithium-ion separator plant will cost about $1.6 billion and will produce 700 square meters of coated membrane each year, used in the manufacture of lithium batteries. Global News reports that the federal government is providing $2.5 billion in tax credits for the project, while the Ontario government is also contributing $2.5 billion that will be used for capital costs and land maintenance costs for future facilities.

    Trudeau won't say whether Canada will hit Chinese electric vehicles with tariffs like the US

In nearby Allison, Ontario, Honda is investing $15 billion Canadian to convert an existing factory into a site that will build exclusively electric vehicles. It will build a large battery plant nearby and open two battery parts plants in Ontario.

“After decades of decline in our manufacturing communities and in an uncertain world where we face many new challenges, we have a plan to meet this moment, a plan to secure the future of our families and bring life to our high streets and “To position Canada as the most reliable supplier in a net-zero world,” Trudeau said at a ceremony for the lithium-ion separator plant.

    Trudeau won't say whether Canada will hit Chinese electric vehicles with tariffs like the US

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