The desire for bigger, faster, and more economic means of transportation is influencing our automotive industry. Over the last 20 years, a shift toward green technologies is a driving force for manufacturers and consumers.
Given the rise of the environmentally conscientiousness, it’s no surprise that modes of transportation have evolved to reflect this. Within the next ten years every car is predicted to offer an electric car variation.
But it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re embracing it now.
Accommodations are few and far between:
In most of Toronto’s condominium parking garages, accommodations for electric vehicles are almost non-existent. Some residents believe it is almost impossible to own an electric car given the lack of accommodative charging spaces. There are severe lacks of home charging in street parking zones throughout the city. It doesn’t help that 53,000 motorists currently rely on street parking.
While electric cars were once a novelty, changes in battery technologies have made them more affordable. Most electric vehicle drivers have limited accommodations.
Battery sizes are possible deterrents:
The problem is that electric vehicle technology needs larger, more time worthy accommodations. Sure, gas stations take up large amounts of public space – nonetheless, they are quick and less maintenance. Electric cars require a ton of batteries to operate. Those batteries are heavy. The Tesla Roadster’s battery pack weighs 1,000 pounds.
Batteries also take a long time to charge. That means longer wait times, and increased traffic. It also means a push towards public transportation. If charging your vehicle requires you to wait, it might also encourage you to use other options during this “wait time.”
Electric vehicles run by an electric motor, which is powered by an electric battery. The technology is novel to the automotive industry, and the environment. They are 100 per cent eco-friendly, and a major source of clean energy.
Cars contribute to the carbon emissions – a major source of greenhouse gases and pollution. Electric cars are more cost-effective in the long run. Sure, they might cost more than your average car, but they are low-maintenance.
Cost effectiveness of electric vehicles is paramount to that of gas-run vehicles. On average, it costs 300 dollars a month to charge an electric car, compared to between $1,000 to $2,500 per year.
Older condos compound the issue due to the feasibility of implementing them in pre-existing spaces. Toronto’s condominium act dates back to 1998. Despite the provinces push toward sustainability, as part of its Climate Change Action Plan – an initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
Within the next three years, Ontario hopes that five per cent of all new vehicle sales will be electric. In 2016, they only accounted for half a per cent of all vehicle sales. A large part of it is a lack of marketing. Companies need corporate sponsors to help advertise and drive sales.
Today, if you’re looking to park your electric vehicle in Toronto, you might have to keep looking.