It’s true. Canada is lagging other developed nations in adoption of EVs. Just read the report, Stuck in Neutral, by Clean Energy Canada. We are several times less in adoption even compared to USA with Trump at the helm. We should be embarrassed.
The government of Canada will release a plan to go electric in 2018, something that spells out a strategy for decades ahead. I hope it will come in time for my purchase of a bright shiny RED Solo EV, if it’s a retail rebate, a rebate on the cost of installing a charging station or a rebate on the cost of installing solar panels. I’m going to do all three in 2018/2019 if all goes according to plan and I live that long. Subsidies should not be necessary. I’ve done the maths and electricity will revolutionize travel in the 21st century as well as ICEs did in the 20th with or without subsidies. It’s just that a little push helps and I can use my savings to plant more trees… Just the “buzz” about subsidies will get more people thinking of going electrically.
I think the Solo EV is poised to do well in 2018, catching this wave. It has a very low purchase price already and a subsidy will make it stellar. It has the highest range per kWh of all the well known EVs just because of its size and it carries one passenger from A to B in style with the stereo blasting oldies or whatever… and IT’S MADE IN CANADA!!! IT’S MADE IN CANADA!!! IT’S MADE IN CANADA!!! Repeating things three times helps Trump. Maybe it will help adoption of EVs. 😉
Quoting the report:
“While the spread of infrastructure is helping transform so-called “range anxiety” into range confidence, consumer education helps too. Studies have shown that electric cars available in Canada meet 90% of Canadians’ daily driving needs. According to Transport Canada, the average Canadian drives just 50 kilometres a day, a distance
easily covered by EVs.
It’s no wonder a recent study concluded it’s five times more difficult to purchase an electric car in Canada than in the U.S.
Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working to develop a national Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy. It’s a critical opportunity to put Canada in the EV game. To succeed, it will need to accomplish four things:
Make it easier for Canadians to choose electric
Make it easier for Canadians to plug in
Maximize clean-growth opportunities”
Amen! I’ve always been a little out of fashion but 2018 looks like I will catch the EV-wave in Canada.