Electric Cars Do Make Sense for Canada

Al Cormier, the President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, answers concerns about the prospects of electric cars.

Published: 23-Dec-2010

Contrary to Gwyn Morgan's assertion, the road ahead for electric cars is indeed relatively easy in Canada compared to other nations. Let me elaborate with the following points:

Due to the relative low cost of electricity in Canada, operating a battery-electric car will cost one to two cents per kilometre, compared to six cents per kilometre for a similar car running on gasoline. Even a doubling of electricity costs will still leave a huge cost saving for electric over gas. And, gasoline prices are also predicted to rise significantly in the coming years as world demand exceeds supply.

On a national scale, 500,000 electric vehicles would only add a demand increase of two per cent on the grid. And, if these vehicles are charged in off-peak periods, which technology will encourage, the extra supply needed is zero. Market penetrations will be considerably below 500,000 for the first years. It is agreed that a concentration of electric vehicle owners on a street may require upgrades to local transformers, but this is a small, affordable and manageable task.

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