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Extended range of electric cars will transform industry — expert

Vehicles ‘can become the medium’ for transportation in Nova Scotia
Dr. David Swan at a charging station with one of Saint Mary’s University’s electric cars. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)
Dr. David Swan at a charging station with one of Saint Mary’s University’s electric cars. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)

People will be scooting between Cape Breton and Halifax with negligible energy costs within a couple of years, an industry expert said Wednesday.

“The electric car can become the medium for transportation in Nova Scotia,” David Swan, president of DHS Engineering Inc. of Tatamagouche, told a Saint Mary’s University forum in Halifax.

“The technology already exists.”

Swan said developments with electric vehicle technology, and resulting consumer acceptance in California, driven by Tesla Motors Inc. founder Elon Musk, demand a response from mainstream vehicle manufacturers.

“The electric vehicle is already 10 years ahead of where it was expected to be due to initiatives by Tesla,” Swan said.

Musk proved naysayers wrong by putting high-performance electric vehicles into mass production in California, and adding to the appeal of such cars by building out a massive system of charging stations across the United States and Canada.

“Currently, that network does not include Nova Scotia, and we’re going to have to do something about that,” Swan said.

Nissan’s marketing successes with its Leaf electric vehicle are pushing the entire transportation sector into a period of transformation.

“Nissan will build 2,200 Leaf vehicles per month in 2013 and sell them cheaper and with more features than last year’s model,” Swan said.
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