BC Hydro released a report today, trying to shed some light on what it says are myths about electric vehicles.
It says cost is the number one perceived barrier preventing British Columbians from purchasing an electric vehicle.
The Hydro report entitled Unplugged: Myths block road to the electric car dream,” says one-third of British Columbians say they are interested in making the switch, but more than half believe electric vehicles are still too expensive.
The Hydro report says over the long-term, some electric vehicles are less expensive than comparable gas-powered cars in ownership costs.
It says one reason is low electricity rates in BC.
The report also says vehicle battery ranges are increase, the number of charging stations in BC is now over one thousand and rebates bare helping to bring gthe cost of an electric vehicle down.
“2018 Chevrolet Bolt ($3,299) vs. 2018 Chevrolet Spark ($4,298)
“2018 Kia Soul EV ($3,109) vs. 2018 Kia Soul gas-powered ($4,845)The report says other misconceptions include:
“Charging station availability: almost 90 per cent said there was not an electrical vehicle charging station available at their home or residential complex, even though a standard 120-volt household outlet can be used for vehicle charging.
“Model variety: only 20 per cent said there was an electric vehicle that offered exactly what they need in terms of size and features.This year, there are seven fully electric vehicle models for sale in B.C. with a battery range of at least 150 kilometres that are less than $40,000 after a provincial rebate.
Ninety-five per cent of all car trips in British Columbia are less than 30 kilometres.
BC Hydro President and CEO, Chris O’Riley adds “There are currently more than 1,000 charging stations – including 30 fast charging stations, with 26 additional stations planned to be added this year.”
B.C. is one of only three Canadian provinces to offer rebates for the purchase of an electric vehicle.
The report says when combined with SCRAP-IT program incentives, total savings on the purchase of a battery electric vehicle could be up to $11,000.