Electric Vehicles


How will it help the Climate Emergency if I were to buy an EV?

Gas-powered cars and trucks are responsible for the second largest percentage (28%) of GHG production (after power production) in Canada. In fact, cars and trucks produce more GHG than all other activities (other than power production) combined.

In Ontario, EVs produce few GHG emissions because the Ontario electricity supply does not burn much fossil fuel. More and more car manufacturers – including GM and Ford – are producing EVs because of market demand; for instance, GM recently announced 40% of U.S. (ie, Canadian) models will be battery electric vehicles by the end of 2035, the majority of GM vehicles sold will be EVs.

Will this save me money? Cost me money? 

Electric cars cost more to buy, but they’re more affordable to run than gas-powered cars. For one thing, fuel costs are lower. On average, it costs $300 to $400 per year to charge an electric vehicle, depending on when and where you charge it. Electric cars are also a lot cheaper to maintain and service because they have fewer moving parts and don’t need oil changes.

Furthermore, there is a $5,000 federal grant available for buyers of new EVs that sell for $45,000 or less. If you live in Quebec, you’re eligible for an additional $8,000 grant from that province for an EV that sells for $60,000 or less.

In Ontario, there’s a program which will give you $1,000 toward the purchase of a used EV, with a further $1,000 for scrapping a gas-powered car. Plugndrive has the details.

New York City has reported dramatic numbers [on maintenance cost comparisons] for its city fleet. In 2019, the city spent between $204 and $386 maintaining each of its electric cars, compared to more than $1,600 for the average gasoline-powered car. Add up yearly cost differences like that over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime and you could reap incredible savings with an electric car.

Can I charge my EV in Lanark?

An EV’s ’range’ – the distance they can be driven between charges – has been a matter of concern for potential buyers. Many EVs now can travel more than 400 km on a single charge – much further than most people drive in a day – but in addition, there are now a great many charging stations in Lanark County and its surrounds. There are apps that ‘map’ charging stations (PlugShare, ChargePoint, Charge Hub for example); with Lanark locations in Perth, Smiths Falls, Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Maberly.


What do I need to do to buy an EV?

Research what’s on offer! Manufacturers are producing new EVs, with various capacities and at widely differing prices, every month. Here’s one place to start, but there are many sites offering similar information

Visit dealers and tell them what you’re looking for – for two reasons: first, to let them know that there are buyers interested in EVs; and second, because the supply hasn’t kept up with demand, so there are wait lists for delivery.

Check out listings for used EVs. Older ones have lower ranges, but two- or three-year old cars are usually adequate. (See note above about incentive grants for used EVs.)

Is there a group near me that I can talk with? 

Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa

Is there a demo near me?

Only a few dealers have EVs on the floor – call first, or keep your eyes open for displays and demos offered at local Fall Fairs in the County.


Who is already doing work around EVs in Lanark and how can I join them? 

Buildings and Transportation Working Group 


Reflections from the Youth Summit

In September, I attended the Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Mother Earth 2021. Hosted virtually this year due to the pandemic, it consisted of workshops and discussions led by Indigenous Elders, scientists and researchers, as well as challenges to get youth thinking...

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