The Canadian government has set a clear objective to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent by 2030 yet transportation accounts for nearly 25 percent of all emissions in Canada.

Fortunately, the electrification of transportation provides readily available solutions that support Canadians in doing their part to fight climate change. With close to 70 percent of clean renewable electricity generation, electric vehicles (EVs) provide a sensible change that can make a significant impact.

Around the world, leading governments have issued important declarations regarding the phasing out of fossil-fuel vehicles over the next 10 to 20 years. The rapid evolution of technology and big announcements from auto manufacturers are bringing more and more car models to the market.  There is no turning back— we can definitively confirm a clear shift toward electrification.

Today, with a record number of EV models on the market, declining battery prices, and increasing range capabilities, there are more reasons to shop for an EV but they are a well-kept secret, even if all major players are committed to moving forward.

With strong complementary means, public and private entities are playing a significant role. In 2017, we observed many new initiatives from coast to coast. To communicate the attributes of EVs, Ontario opened the world’s first Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre. At this one-stop destination, visitors can discover the benefits of electric transportation and take test drives in the latest EV models in a sales-free, no-pressure environment.

Green is great but EVs are better

With convenient home-charging capabilities, you can have a full tank of electricity. On the road, there are almost 7,000 public charging stations in Canada, and almost 350 fast-charging stations, with more implemented every day. Fast-charging corridors established in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec are growing and new corridors have been inaugurated in Alberta and New Brunswick, and will soon be introduced in Nova Scotia. Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit unveiled a new public, universal, fast-charge superstation concept that will test and include new charging technologies as soon as they come out.

Three provincial governments offer incentives for the purchase of an EV, or for charging stations at home, and/or at workplaces. They have demonstrated that incentives are still a necessity to bring down the cost of ownership of an EV, and increase the sales of EVs.

I invite all Canadians to be responsible for their future and to take the time to consider buying or leasing an EV right now and enjoy the latest technology along with all its benefits.

As in other leading countries around the world, the support of the federal government is essential to accelerate the rate of adoption of EVs, to complement the work of the leading Canadian provinces, and to establish a national approach. We need more communication, more charging stations, and continued incentives.

Canada is committed to reducing its GHG emissions, and to developing a Canada-wide strategy to increase the number of EVs on its roads.  Electric Mobility Canada is convinced that such a Canadian strategy will bring clarity, synergy, and focus to all. Since time is of the essence, we urge the federal government to implement these recommendations shortly. 

Chantal Guimont is the President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada.