Electric vehicles are approaching a tipping point

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Electric Car James Alexander Michie

CBC's David Common tops up the batteries of a Kia electric car at a public charging station in Chatham, Ont., during a trip from Toronto to Detroit. The road test in -20 C conditions revealed some of the challenges still faced by electric vehicles on longer trips. (Jill English/CBC)

An electric car is a car propelled by one or more electric motors, using electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries. Electric motors provide electric cars with instant torque, creating a strong and continuous acceleration. They are also up to three times more efficient than an internal combustion engine.

Now, it is necessary to indicate that these vehicles are currently surpassing different reasons why many of the Canadians say they do not want to use electricity.

Likewise, it is considered that vehicles are approaching a point of inflection. And is that Canadians are acquiring electric vehicles like never before, with almost double sales in 2018 over the previous year. But while one in every 11 new cars sold now is considered an EV, Canadians are heavily inclined towards gas hybrids and are reluctant to buy only electric options.

However, it is not a secret that there are still a lot of drivers are reluctant to abandon the gas.

Influential reasons

There are some reasons that are really influential that some drivers are reluctant to abandon the gas. In fact, it was obtained by the representatives of the automotive industry and the Canadian surveys four factors that are really influential in this.

  • Cost of purchase: fully electric vehicles currently cost at least $ 15,000 more than comparable gasoline models. That means a substantially higher car payment every month.
  • Scope: Only the most expensive EVs have a battery range greater than 400 km. Most of the lower cost models now available in Canada are below 200 km, particularly in cold weather.
  • Where to recharge: in combination with the limited range of some EVs, you will not see as many public chargers as service stations across the country.
  • Time to recharge: it takes a few minutes to refuel a gasoline vehicle. Recharging an EV takes about half an hour with the fastest public chargers available, while with slower chargers it can take twice or much longer.

However, it is considered that with the next harvest of improved electric vehicles, the market could be ready for a change.

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Source: David Common | CBC News

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