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Canada: We need to get on board with electric vehicles

As an automotive sales person, people find it hard to believe that I could care about the environment. After all, I have worked for the majority of my life for one of the most petroleum dependant industries on the planet.

Over the past few years however, there has been a strong movement towards eco-friendly modes of transportation and a divide between consumer’s wants and the manufacturers needs to produce such vehicles. To sum that up-if we want green vehicles built, we need to buy them!

At this point, most people you talk to about electric cars have seen the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car, and while we tend to put all the blame on the oil industry and the government, there is somebody else who needs to shoulder some of the blame…us!

With Ford, Nissan and Toyota leading the charge and making zero emission fully electric vehicles (Ford C-MaxEnergi, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV) and hybrid vehicles (Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Ford C-Max Hybrid), there are plenty of options available for running a zero emission or eco-friendly vehicle. How many of us drive one?

I am not casting blame; I just bought a Ford Fusion hybrid after years of wondering why there aren’t more of them on the road. I LOVE my car, couldn’t be happier. Admittedly though, I was one of those drivers who used to love another car, a Mitsubishi Pajero with its right-hand drive, diesel engine and four-wheel drive.

This love affair ended when I started doing some research. Did you know that the reason you are starting to see more Japanese imported vehicles on our roads is that they no longer pass Japan’s strict environmental and safety inspections? This means that the government of Japan has said that these vehicles aren’t safe on the roads and that the vehicle is harming the environment, yet myself and many others were driving them thinking they were a decent green choice. There’s something wrong with that picture.

Ford, Nissan and other manufacturers agree and are trying to come up with a solution, but they cannot do this without the consumer.


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