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Electric cars sales slow in B.C. despite government support

Environmental groups and local and provincial governments are promoting electric cars as the zero-emission alternative for commuters, but interest has been slow to grow, and only about 1,000 electric cars have been sold in B.C.

“It’s still a problem because the initial cost is high. And that prevents the average person from benefiting in this,” says Vancouver accountant John Stonier.

Stonier, who is the spokesperson for the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, bought a Nissan Leaf in March, 2013 and is happy with the results.

“As far as moving around the city, I never hesitate to go out in my car anymore because it costs me virtually nothing to do that.

“Once people are in these cars, they’re not going to go back to an old technology that doesn’t work for the planet and doesn’t work for their pocketbook”, said Stonier.

Until it ended on March 31, 2014, the B.C. government’s Clean Energy Vehicle program offered up to $5,000 in rebates for purchasing electric cars.

The Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association has written letters to 25 MLAs, calling for its return.

“It’s terrible because people are demanding electric cars,” says Stonier.

“The people who really could benefit the most are the average citizen who’s looking for a $25,000 to $30,000 car and it’s hard for them to do. Those are the people that should be driving them”.


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