Electric Cars Do Make Sense for Canada
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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