The Future of Electric Vehicles in Canada



In 2010, The Government of Canada published an Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap for Canada. They outline, in detail, their vision for EVs in Canada, which is extremely exciting. Their predictions for the future of electric vehicles in Canada, and the road to get there, shows us how EVs might improve transportation in the country.

 If you’re interested in how Canada fits into the world of electric vehicles and are wondering whether or not they would work for you, I encourage you to take a look at this Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap for Canada. The information they collected is extremely valuable for anyone interested in electric vehicles.

 Once you have read the roadmap, comment below and let us know what you think!

By 2018, there will be at least 500,000 highway-capable plug-in electric-drive vehicles on Canadian roads, as well as what may be a larger number of hybrid-electric vehicles. All these vehicles will have more Canadian content in parts and manufacture than vehicles on the road in Canada in 2008.

 Electricity as an alternative to traditional transportation energy is becoming a near-term reality for many countries, including Canada. Electric vehicles (EVs) will contribute to promoting sustainable energy development while addressing air quality and climate change.

 The market for EVs in Canada is growing as Canadians look for cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Research confirms that consumers in North America are willing to pay more for an EV if the environmental benefits are significant. In Canada, it is expected that these benefits can be achieved because the majority of our electricity is generated from renewable and low-emission sources.

 With our significant amounts of energy and a growing EV industry, Canada is well positioned to capitalize on this form of clean transportation. Our industry is well placed to be a major supplier of EV components and vehicles, not only in Canada but also internationally. Canada has the opportunity to link our efforts with those of the United States because of the integrated North American automotive industry.

 To achieve the timely and effective commercialization of EVs, governments and industry must work together on ensuring that the necessary steps are taken. These steps include many activities, such as the development of advanced batteries, a charging infrastructure, electricity storage devices, codes and standards, and policies, as well as public education and consumer acceptance.

 The most important of these topics is energy storage. Progress toward widespread use of the vehicles covered by the Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap for Canada (the Roadmap) depends above all on one factor: increasing the amount of electrical energy that can be stored in a given volume or weight on board a vehicle, thereby extending electric traction’s range.

 This Roadmap is intended to provide the strategic direction to ensure the development and adoption of EVs in Canada, while building a robust industry.”[1]

 Read the entire document here.

At Signature Electric, we support electric vehicles and even wrote a handy guide for those interested in learning more about them. Download Getting to Know Electric Vehicles!