More than a niche category manufactured by industry leaders, most auto brands are getting in on the electric vehicle game and including all the bells and whistles.
(NC) Video may have killed the radio star, but gas guzzlers haven't done in the electric car — in fact, these green rides are just getting started. You probably already know you can look forward to helping out the environment and saving some money at the pumps if you go electric, but here are five other trends you may not know about:
- All the bells and whistles. More than a niche category manufactured by industry leaders, most auto brands are getting in on the electric vehicle game and including all the bells and whistles. Don't forgo your allegiance to your favourite brand if you make the switch — over a dozen import and domestic names offer electric vehicles in Canada.
- Designated parking and charging spots. Businesses, retailers, and condo boards are all taking notice that electric vehicles are the way of the future, and are making recharging convenient and accessible. Many condos now provide charging stations for residents, while businesses and retailers are making offering prime green vehicle parking spots, some with built-in chargers so you can top-up while you shop.
- More charging stations. On top of the strides taken by private initiatives, many public charging stations are springing up around the country. And new smartphone apps are coming out to help you locate the closest one to you, whether you're at home or travelling in Canada or the United States.
- Government incentives. Not only will battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles save you cash over time, but provincial governments are rolling out incentives for the purchase electric vehicles. For example, in Ontario you can get a rebate of up to $14,000, and you qualify for a green license plate that lets you use High Occupancy Vehicle lanes even when driving alone.
- Supporting your local economy. Not only is the cost of driving an electric vehicle one-third to one-sixth the price of driving gas, but electricity is almost always sourced in-province. Gas is usually imported from elsewhere, so by making the switch you'll also support local jobs and infrastructure.
Find more information online at vehicles.gc.ca.