In an open letter (HTML, PDF) to Premier Clark, a number of British Columbia organizations and advocates representing hundreds of electric vehicle owners proposed measures that are needed at the provincial level to accelerate the adoption rate of electric vehicles. Coming out of the COP21 agreement in Paris, BC has a commitment. Now it needs a plan, and the open letter provides the details for a part of that plan.
The transportation sector accounts for 37% of all greenhouse gas emissions in BC and represents a major opportunity to reduce the province’s carbon footprint and improve air quality. Electric vehicles emit no carbon dioxide, no nitrous oxide, and no carbon particulates at the point of consumption.
The open letter is endorsed by those who know electric vehicles best: the current owners who have extensive experience with them. The recommendations fall into three categories: purchase incentives, charging infrastructure, and awareness and education.