- Manitoba would have the least expensive vehicle fuel (electricity) on the continent — estimated at 6¢ to 20¢ per litre, gasoline equivalent
- Each year, thousands of dollars in savings could go back in the pockets of average Manitoban families.
- Manitoba’s economy, as a whole, could save more than $1 billion that’s going out of province — money which could be spent at home, creating jobs and generating new business.
- Since Manitoba’s electricity is almost completely greenhouse gas (GHG)-free, switching from a fossil fuel like gasoline to electricity would create large-scale GHG reductions.”
See Manitoba’selectric vehicle road map
Manitoba has huge advantages for selling and using EVs (Electric Vehicles). We have an abundance of hydro-electric power, lots of outdoor electrical outlets, and we like to save money.
There are still big barriers to more widespread adoption:
- Price: fancy charging stations and vehicles are expensive. Prices will improve as volumes of sales increase and competition heats up, but it will still take years to improve. Governments are providing subsidies in some provinces but not Manitoba. Perhaps some arm-twisting from voters would help…
- Charging stations: while almost every home has some electrical outlets and some, like mine, has a hefty outlet for a welder or charging station, there is still a huge shortage compared to the ubiquitous “gas station” almost on every corner… There’s even a bit of “non-standardization” happening. I’ll need a cord in my car to connect to non-J1772 systems like the normal 120V outlet (NEMA 5), NEMA 14-30, NEMA 14-50 and even NEMA L14-30 found at Sinclair Park in Winnipeg. Organizations are donating charging stations and some businesses are putting up charging stations in their parking lots but it’s still not universal/expected/the norm. Kudos to Peavey Mart, Best Western hotels in Eastern Canada and some in western Canada and some others.
- Mind-share: With ICEs (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles) at a very high stage of development and with huge infrastructure in refueling stations, most of the public have still not given EVs due consideration. I’m going to do my part by blogging on the subject and soon I will be driving my own EV and installing a charging station for it. I’m not sure whether I will make the charging station public.
There are lots of considerations like TLW’s buy-in, zoning, and estimating the cost, if any. I think, at the moment, the chances are poor that I would get more than a few visitors a year making an emergency pit-stop in my driveway, but when usage picks up, will I have to implement reservations and give the charging station its own website? I’m old and don’t need that kind of maintenance issue. I think this is something government or one of the big “EV charging” sites could institute. Further, my first vehicle, the Electra Meccanica Solo, needs only 16A 240V. Should I install something heavier in case Teslas come to call or in case TLW buys a Tesla eventually?