The Liberal Party of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has moved closer to its goal of completely prohibiting the sale of gas-powered automobiles by the year 2035 through the introduction of proposed legislation that would require automotive dealers to guarantee the sale of more electric vehicles (EVs) each year.
According to the proposal, electric cars (EVs) would need to account for 20% of all new vehicle sales in the nation by the year 2026, with the goal of reaching 100% of new vehicle sales by the year 2035. Producers and importers that do not meet their sales limits may be subject to penalties under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which may be phased in over the course of many years.
Steven Guilbeault, Canada's Minister of the Environment, was the one who started the movement, arguing that electric vehicles would "make life more affordable for families across the country." Despite the general notion that electric vehicles (EVs) have a higher purchase price, they are rapidly becoming the most popular mode of transportation.
"Electric cars not only help keep our air pure, but they can also help families save money on monthly bills," the Canadian government said in a news statement, citing the growing desire of Canadians to reduce their environmental imprint.
Meanwhile, Cara Chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Plug'n Drive, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of electric vehicles, remarked that availability is the hardest part of supporting the transition away from gasoline-powered autos.
She said that the extended wait times are discouraging clients who are ready to transfer even if they are currently waiting. In addition to this, "if we all agree that we are in a climate emergency, then we need to support clients in making the change as quickly as possible."
The Chief Executive Officer and President of the Canadian Association of Automobile Manufacturers, Brian Kingston, believes that the federal government needs to make investments in electric car infrastructure before trying to control sales. He added, "The vehicles are coming; what we need is a turbocharged effort to support marketing and really make that purchase and make it fast, simple, and accessible." "The automobiles are coming."
According to reports, cash has been designated to offer an additional 50,000 charging stations for electric vehicles to communities situated around the United States.
Canadians were tricked into purchasing electric automobiles, which have higher ongoing maintenance costs.
As Canadians have discovered, the expenses of maintaining electric cars are far higher than anticipated. When owners of electric cars learned the high expense of replacing the batteries in their vehicles, several of them were taken aback ($20,000 or more for vehicles with batteries that are older).
Phyllis Lau, the owner of an all-electric 2018 KIA Soul, was given an estimate that said it would cost a total of $23,000 to replace the vehicle's battery. This figure included the cost of labor as well as taxes. There were rumors that KIA would continue to pay for half of the required repairs even after the electric vehicle was out of its warranty period.
According to what Lau said to CTV News Toronto, "I don't know why they make the battery so overpriced."
When Lau purchased his electric SUV, he also received a battery guarantee, the terms of which allowed it to be valid for either eight years or 160,000 kilometers (99,419 miles). After a total of 105,632 miles on the road, the battery in the family vehicle gave out for good (more than 170,000 kilometers).
A popular YouTuber who has garnered 1.4 million followers gave his brand-new 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck a test drive. In a video that he uploaded to the Hoovie's Garage channel, Hoover described the results of his test of the electric vehicle's towing capabilities as a "complete and total disaster."
Hoover drove his Lightning, which had a range of 230 miles, the 32 miles to his mechanic so that he could pick up a 1930 Ford Model A, which he intended to tow back to his house. Hoover's Lightning had a charge capacity of 200 miles, which was virtually all of its 230-mile range. As soon as Hoover began to move forward while pulling an empty trailer with the Lightning, the vehicle's range started "dropping like a stone." During the course of the 64-mile journey, Lightning covered a total distance of 150 miles.
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