Canada is the only industrialized country which doesn't have any political initiatives concerning transportation electrification, which is unacceptable in the global war against pollution, smog, impact on citizens' health, and geopolitical tensions linked to the petrol industry, amongst others.
We have contacted the following leaders:
- Stephen Harper
- Thomas Mulcair
- Justin Trudeau
- Elizabeth May
- Gilles Duceppe
to invite them in answering our questions so they can better shape public policies of transportation electrification. Their answers will be published on our site September 1st.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
So far, we've received acknowledgement reception notices from all major parties. However, when our members have enquired directly to their party representatives, most
- a) were not aware of our request
- b) did not know anything about electric cars, and quickly referred us to their "environmental party lines"
- c) when they asked the party leader about AVÉQ's letter, some had no idea that they had to reply (we were copied/forwarded on a series of emails and were able to obtain comments directly from some party leaders!)
This is serious. We need you to pay attention to the political parties in your area which are holding "family BBQs" and other social activities during summer, and go talk to them! You might spend one hour of your time doing so, but it will help tremendously.
You can copy the following letter (COPY+PASTE to your favorite word processor), personalize it with the party leader's name and political party and PRINT a few copies to give to them IN HAND in our name. This will have »»TREMENDOUS«« impact; we have noticed it during the weekend at a few rallies.
Those initiatives cannot only come from Quebec. We need support across Canada, especially from provinces that do not have purchase incentives (all except QC/BC/ON basically) and that have little to no charging infrastructure. Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Maritimes: you know who you are! :)
With much thanks and appreciation,
Simon-Pierre Rioux and the AVEQ.ca team
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My name is Simon-Pierre Rioux, president of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association (www.aveq.ca) and member of board of directors of Electric Mobility Canada. With my many roles as a volunteer in the electric vehicle (EV) field, I represent more than 12,000 EV owners across Canada.
Our great country is currently the only industrialized country which does not have a policy or an action plan for transport electrification in order to reduce its GHG emissions and improve the quality of life of its citizens. Canada produces electricity that mostly comes from renewable sources. We must take full advantage of this situation for the Canadian economy.
We want to know what the party name plans to present as a Canadian transport electrification strategy for the upcoming elections:
1) 99% of EVs are in Quebec, Ontario and British-Columbia because of the provincial financial incentives when buying or renting such a car. What are your plans to grow this mode of transportation in the country?
2) All industrialized countries offer an incentive when acquiring an EV. In the United States, we are talking about 7,500$USD Federal incentive aside from the State incentives. Will you establish a federal incentive when buying/renting an EV for an individual, a fleet or a company?
3) Governments across the globe are leading by example. Will you give instructions to the ministers for them to integrate EVs to their fleets?
4) Workplace charging infrastructure is a sine qua non condition to the adoption of electric vehicles. Will there be a program for enterprises and employers to install 240V charging stations?
5) To this day, the vast majority of EVs are sent in priority to countries and states (CA, OR, NJ, NY MA, and even smaller ones VT, NH, CT, ME, MD, RI) which have voted a Zero Emission Law to force OEMs to offer non-polluting vehicles at the risk of financial penalties. It is thus very difficult to get an EV in Canada. There are few models in the showrooms and some models are not at all available since we do not have a Zero Emission Law. Will you legislate in favour of consumers who do want to have access to all the EV models by establishing a Zero Emission Law?
6) Charging infrastructures are vital to ensure the success of these vehicles and to lower range anxiety of future EV drivers. Close to 2,000 240V public charging stations (3-4 hour charging) have been installed in Canada by enterprises that invest to decarbonise transportation (see www.evchargehub.com). The 400V fast charging stations will allow for 15-20 minute charging under normal conditions. These stations open the territory to Canadians who wish to drive long distances. Do you plan to invest in fast charging station deployment on major transit roads and major cities as it is the case in other countries?
7) Consumers must of course be properly educated on EVs, their availability, the presence of numerous new 400V charging stations on Canadian roads and the multiple environmental and financial advantages of this fantastic mode of transportation. How do intend to increase awareness about EVs?
8) For any government, each investment must be cost effective and create jobs. There is today a young industry in Canada that is involved in transport electrification: providers, manufacturers, research centres and universities (www.inno-ve.ca/) that invest and create jobs in this fast growing sector. The parallel is often made between aeronautic industry and electric mobility industry as the next Canadian symbol. Research is often supported by the private sector. How do you plan to support the electric mobility industry in Canada?
9) In the Canada-Europe Free Trade Agreement, the governments have committed to improve the environmental performance of automobiles and support the efforts of the harmonization of standards such as vehicle security. Since the EVs that are manufactured in Europe respect European standards and cannot be sold in Canada, do you agree to prioritize the harmonization process for EVs?
10) Do you plan to discuss transport electrification during the upcoming Leader’s Debates?
Contrary to popular opinion, Western Canada is ready for this type of vehicle. Steve Williams, CEO of Suncor, has even recently declared that he was in favour of a carbon tax. “We think climate change is happening […] We think a broad-based carbon price is the right answer.”
We thank you for taking time to consider our questions which are the cornerstone of an innovative federal strategy in the field of transport electrification. It would be important for us to obtain answers to our questions before August 31, 2015 in order to direct the vote of our members and supporters. The answers of all parties will be published on our website as soon as September 1st, 2015.
I wish you an electoral season full of success.
Member of board of directors of Electric Mobility Canada
President of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association (www.aveq.ca)