Recently in the United States, a new bill was proposed in Ohio, that would see residents who drive electric cars eligible for a $250 tax free benefit. As well, in Germany a resolution was passed to ban the sale of internal gas and diesel engine vehicles by 2030.
These are both meant to either encourage people to buy an electric car or to discourage those who would drive a gas or diesel one. Tax incentives, towards the purchases of these vehicles, are something that our own federal government should implement, in order to meet their promise to reduce the Country’s ecological footprint.
For one thing, a recent report in August, to Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, has already stated that rebates and incentives are the best way to encourage residents to make the choice to move towards electric vehicles.
It has been widely known across the country that these vehicles have not been the most popular choice. However, the industry is changing, bringing differently designed electric vehicles. Just look at the design for the upcoming Tesla Model 3. Offering people an extra reason to purchase these types may help bring them around.
The fact that so many governments across the world are already taking action on electric cars should be a sign that this is the way of the future, this is progress towards a cleaner world, and Canada needs to join in.
A clear road block to the widespread purchase of electric vehicles is the rapid rise of the cost of electricity. This would over burden an already struggling Hydro system and raise the cost of household electricity in turn, something nobody wants.
This causes consumers to balk at the idea of yet another large regular operating expense, to burden their already heavy laden budget.
In addition, some may say, “This would simply replace the expense of using fossil fuel dependent vehicles.” Except that these vehicles are already purchased, so that is an expense already dealt with. You'd be hard pressed to get Canadians to purchase vehicles to spearhead the change.
The idea of electric cars being the status-quo is a romantic one, and desirable. However, a very large immediate investment in infrastructure, to provide the electricity in an easily accessible way, plus a major investment in time and effort to develop the alternative technologies, to supply such a high demand of electricity, in a clean energy format, must be implemented, before their use could possibly become a practical one.
Our country has the world’s 8th largest ecological footprint, and this would be a move to help reduce our pollutants.
It is time to make moves for a better future. After all, to paraphrase the PM, it is 2016.
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