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Driving home the benefits of electric vehicles in Canada

With the price of gas going up this summer, have you ever considered the alternatives?

Electric vehicles are often a passing thought, but proponents are trying to change that by making them more accessible to the average motorist.

In 2010, there were fewer than 100 electric vehicles on the road. Today, there are more than 1,400 electric vehicles on the road in Ontario.

Despite these numbers, electric car sales still make up a paltry 0.1 percent of new cars sold in Canada.

In effort to boost that number across the country, organizations and municipalities are taking steps to improve the current power infrastructure.

Earlier this year, London, Ont., installed three new Green Fleet charging stations as part of a $27,000 pilot project, with the bulk of the funding coming from the private sector.

Though initial numbers don’t indicate a huge spike in use, city officials are pleased with the results so far.

“For the naysayers, you’ve got to start somewhere. I believe gas stations started the same way. People didn’t believe that we needed those because you’d continue to feed your horse,” Jay Stanford, London’s director of environmental programs and solid waste, said in an interview with CTV London.

With many Canadians hesitant to make the switch to electric, other organizations are trying to highlight their overall benefits.

Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization, is hosting EV (Electric Vehicle) Roadshows across Ontario. These events bring the electric vehicle out of the showroom and into a test drive environment.



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