Want to buy an electric vehicle? Take your pain patiently

Alain Liard recently became the owner of a Tesla Model Y, which he ordered last August. mois l’attente”,”text”:”Moi ça a pris à peu près sixmois l’attente”}}”>It took me about six months to waitsays the resident of North Gower, southern Ottawa.

It was long, but it was worth itadd.

Alain Liard had to wait six months before getting his new Tesla car, due to high demand and production delays caused by the shortage of semiconductors.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Christian Milette

Antoine Belaieff and her husband, who live in central Toronto, wanted to abandon their diesel-powered vehicle in favor of an electric motor to reduce their carbon footprint.

But the couple became discouraged when they saw the delays in delivery. I was very disappointed to see how poor the supply is in Ontario, even more so than in other Canadian provinces.says the Toronto man.

We will keep the car a little longer and wait for the offer to expand and the vehicles to be available.he says.

A Ford and Lincoln dealership, with several vans parked.

At the time of this publication, there was no electric model that could be seen at Belanger Ford in Chelmsford. Delivery times in Ontario can be extended by several years.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Yvon Theriault

At the Bélanger Ford dealership in the Sudbury area, there are no electric vehicles on display or for sale at this time.

Sales consultant Michel Garneau says the carmaker still makes very few zero-emission vehicles, compared to its most popular models, such as the F-Series pickups. The limited inventory of electric models is often shipped. in the United States, he argues.

It’s a little harder because you never know how long it will take. It can be six months or a couple of years. »

A quote from Michel Garneau, Bélanger Ford sales consultant

He says he understands that the decision is more difficult when customers do not have the opportunity to see or test the vehicle. Mr Garneau, who owns a hybrid vehicle, says the sharp rise in gas prices is pushing many to switch to electricity.

As it is, there are almost two plates for a liter of gasoline, two and a half for diesel. The world is ready for electric vehicles, but the problem is you really can’t get itHe said.

Few policies in favor of the electric vehicle

The shortage of microchips certainly exacerbates the delivery times for electric vehicles, says Daniel Breton, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada. This problem affects the entire automotive industry, all kinds of vehicles together.

But in Ontario, it is really the lack of sales quotas and discounts that limits the number of electric and hybrid vehicles available in the province, he said.

de facto vont envoyer en priorité les véhicules électriques dans les provinces où ils sentent qu’il y a un plus fort accent, une plus forte volonté pour les citoyens d’acheter des véhicules électriques”,”text”:”Les constructeurs de facto vont envoyer en priorité les véhicules électriques dans les provinces où ils sentent qu’il y a un plus fort accent, une plus forte volonté pour les citoyens d’acheter des véhicules électriques”}}”>The builders de facto will send electric vehicles with priority to the provinces where they consider that there is a stronger emphasis, a stronger desire of citizens to buy electric vehicleshe says.

Electric Mobility Canada CEO Daniel Breton.

Daniel Breton, president and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, hopes Ontario can make up for lost time in the electric vehicle industry.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jacques Poitras

A system of mandatory sales quotas for electric vehicles has existed for several years in Quebec and British Columbia. The two provinces also offer their own rebates in addition to the $ 5,000 federal grant for the purchase of a new electric car.

These policies encourage the purchase of zero-emission vehicles – almost 12% of vehicles sold last year in British Columbia were electric. In Quebec, this proportion was 9%, while it barely exceeds 3% of new records in Ontario.

This is a shortcoming in Ontario and should be part of the discussion, of the debate during the election campaign. »

A quote from Daniel Breton, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada

Cara Clairman, CEO of Plug’n Drivean organization in Toronto that promotes electric vehicles, would like the province to adopt more favorable policies for the adoption of these greener means of transportation.

At present, the supply of electric vehicles in general is limited and all countries are taking them, whether in Europe or the United States. We are even in competition with other Canadian provincesshe says.

In Quebec, for example, they have a better discount program, so carmakers send more vehicles there than in Ontario.

Cara Clairman of Plug'n Drive.

Cara Clairman is the executive director of Plug’n Drive, an organization that promotes electric vehicles in Ontario.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Chris Langanzarde

What do the parties propose?

Ontario parties have different proposals to address the issue. Liberals, New Democrats and Greens are committed to restoring rebates on the purchase of electric vehicles.

Progressive conservatives categorically refuse to do so. Instead, they make historic investments in the automotive sector to build electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as for the manufacture of batteries in the province.

Progressive Conservative Party :

  • There is no discount on the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • Support the transformation of car factories to manufacture electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as their batteries
  • Install electric vehicle charging points in most ONroute rest areas in the summer

New Democratic Party :

  • Offer a discount of up to $ 10,000 for the purchase of a zero-emission vehicle, excluding luxury models, and a grant of $ 800 for the installation of a charging station at home.
  • Implement a zero-emission vehicle strategy aimed at increasing sales of electric vehicles (all models sold in 2035 would be electric)
  • Buy electric vehicles made in Canada to represent the entire Ontario government fleet by 2030

Liberal Party :

  • You will receive a discount of up to $ 8,000 for the purchase of an electric vehicle (which costs less than $ 65,000) and up to $ 1,500 for the installation of a home charging station.
  • Install charging stations in buildings, car parks, city streets, GO train stations and ONroute rest areas
  • Eliminate electric vehicle tolls on certain lanes of provincial roads

green party :

  • Offer a discount of up to $ 10,000 for the purchase of an electric vehicle and up to $ 1,000 for the purchase of an electric bicycle
  • Adopt a zero-emission vehicle sales quota to increase the availability of different electric models in Ontario
  • Expand the network of charging stations, even in car parks, stations, residences and rest areas along the roads
  • Eliminate gasoline vehicles by 2030

Build more charging stations

In Ontario, the network of charging stations for electric vehicles still leaves a lot to be desired, says Benjamin Montalbano, who recently bought a Tesla.

A resident of Welland, Niagara, says he sometimes travels to North Bay, in the north of the province, to visit his spouse’s family. We arrive at [s’y rendre] with a load, but it is true that when we arrive we must not move. We absolutely must load ithe says.

Benjamin Montalbano also complains that there are only two places to find superchargers, Tesla’s ultra-fast charging stations in downtown Toronto.

If existing powers encourage consumers to take electric cars, this could be a problem. »

A quote from Benjamin Montalbano, recent buyer of an electric car
Two men next to a Tesla car.

Benjamin Montalbano (left) and his partner bought an electric car last year.

Photo: Benjamin Montalbano

Sion Jones, vice president of operations for Hypercharge, a Vancouver-based charging station provider, agrees. Feeling that Ontario has faced one speed drop with the coming to power of Doug Ford’s progressive conservatives in 2018.

The outgoing government had stopped developing a network of public charging stations, a project initiated by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals. Doug Ford had also canceled discounts on electric vehicles.

There is a magical relationship between cars and charging stations and we are not there yet. There is a lot of work to be donesays Jones.

We don’t want to create a bottleneck by encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles if people can’t charge them.

Sion Jones, Hypercharge's vice president of operations, in front of an electric charging station.

Sion Jones is vice president of operations for Hypercharge, a Canadian provider of electric charging stations.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Chris Langanzarde

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