Mapping Out the Future of EVs in Canada

EV Road Map
EV Road Map

“By 2018, there will be at least 500,000 highway-capable plug-in electric-drive vehicles on Canadian roads, as well as what may be a larger number of hybrid-electric vehicles.” – Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap for Canada

In Canada, we’re taking incredible steps forward towards a future where EVs are the vehicle of choice among consumers. Some provincial governments are already offering incentives for EV owners, like cash back for installing EV charging stations or special highway driving privileges.

The general message that the Canadian government seems to be sending EV owners is positive, as is most evident by the EV Technology Roadmap for Canada. This lengthy plan for the future of EVs in Canada discusses a partnership between government and industry in order to form an infrastructure that can support the unique needs of an EV population.

Because we are still learning about what electric vehicles are capable of, “Canada is in a race with other countries to achieve the industrial, societal, and environmental benefits of electric vehicles.”

Energy Storage is the Number One Priority

EV Market Forecast
EV Market Forecast

The main goal the EV Technology Roadmap focuses on is the need for continual development in how much electrical energy can be stored on board a vehicle. We know that the most common hesitation a car buyer has towards purchasing an EV, is range limitation.

The Roadmap recognizes Canada’s need for continual improvements to range. Many major Canadian cities have hundreds of kilometers separating them and EV owners cannot expect to travel without charging opportunities with the current battery range available.

Increasing EVs on the Market

The EV Technology Roadmap outlines numerous ways that Canada plans to get more EVs on the road, including the development of:

  • A solid charging infrastructure
  • Electric storage devices
  • Codes and standards
  • Policies
  • Public Education
  • Consumer Acceptance
  • Assessments and studies of existing efforts

EV Technology Proves to be a Worthwhile Investment

Part of what the Canadian government is communicating through their EV plan, is that investing in electric vehicle technology is truly worthwhile for the country. Currently, petroleum products are involved in powering 95% of motorized movement (people and freight) in the world.

When gasoline engines only convert 30% of applied energy and electric motors convert up to 90%, it is clear that investing in electric technology is a more efficient use of energy.

Canadians Are Prime Electric Vehicle Candidates

A majority of Canadian electricity is currently generated from either renewable or low-emission sources. Environmental responsibility has become a key part of Canadian culture, so it is no surprise that Canadians (along with other North Americans) are willing to pay a little extra for an EV if it has significant environmental benefits.

If you’re interested in the specific plans discussed in The Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap for Canada, I encourage you to read through the publication. Take a look at where Canada is headed in the EV race!

About

Mark Marmer started in the trade back in 1973 and established Signature Electric in 1985. Having always enjoyed tinkering with electricity and working with his hands, the electrical trade was a natural choice for him. Working as an electrician you get a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of each day.

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