Sort the car parts you need and watch a video to learn how an electric car works.
In Canada, we have unique challenges for transportation as distances are great and communities are often far apart. Subsequently there is a dependency on cars, which up to now have been primarily gas-powered vehicles. However, with carbon reduction targets, and concerns regarding air quality and rising gas prices, electric vehicles are gaining traction.
Electric vehicles have a number of benefits, which include lower operating ‘fuel’ costs, less maintenance, and better air quality. However, there are some barriers to owning an EV including access to charging stations and higher upfront costs. The government is now offering rebates for EVs that help alleviate some of these barriers.
BC Hydro uses the power of falling water to create clean, reliable and renewable electricity. With respect to lower emissions and air quality, EVs make sense, but particularly in B.C. as the majority of our electricity is renewable. See here for an analysis of the costs of electric vehicles.
BC Hydro is supporting electric vehicle adoption in B.C. by working with local, provincial and federal governments on initiatives to expand its fast charging station network. There are currently more than 1,000 charging stations (including over 70 fast charging stations as of February 2020), with additional stations being added yearly.
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