Do you want to buy an electric car? Take your pain with patience

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”}}”>For me, it took about six months to waitsays the resident of North Gower, south of Ottawa.

It was far, but worth ithe adds.

Alain Liard, in front of his new Tesla Model Y.

Alain Liard had to wait six months before getting his new Tesla car due to high demand and production delays caused by semiconductor shortages.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Christian Milette

Antoine Belaieff and his husband, who live in downtown Toronto, wanted to drop their diesel-powered vehicle in favor of an electric motor to reduce their CO2 footprint.

But the couple were discouraged when they saw the delivery delays. I was really disappointed to see how poor the supply is in Ontario, even more so than in other provinces of Canadasays Torontonian.

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

A Ford and Lincoln dealer with several vans parked.

At the time of publication of this article, there were no electric models to be seen at Belanger Ford in Chelmsford. Delivery times in Ontario can extend over a few years.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Yvon Theriault

At the Bélanger Ford dealer in the Sudbury area, there are currently no electric vehicles on display or for sale.

Sales consultant Michel Garneau says the automaker still makes very few zero-emission vehicles compared to the most popular models that the F-Series pickups. The limited stock of electric models is often shipped to the United States, he claims.

It’s a little harder as it is, so you never know how long it’s going to take. It can be six months or a few years. »

A quote from Michel Garneau, sales consultant at Bélanger Ford

He says he understands that the decision is more difficult when customers do not have the opportunity to see or test drive the vehicle. Mr. Garneau, itself the owner of a hybrid car, confirms that the sharp rise in gas prices is forcing many to want to go for electricity.

As it is there, it is almost two piastres for a liter of gas, two and a half piastres for diesel. The world is ready for electric vehicles, but the problem is that you can not really get ithe said.

Few policies that are favorable to electric cars

The lack of microchips is definitely worsening delivery times for electric vehicles, notes Daniel Breton, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada. This problem affects the entire automotive industry, all types of vehicles combined.

But in Ontario, it really is the lack of sales quotas and discounts that limits the amount of electric and hybrid cars 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 cars in priority to the provinces where they feel there is a stronger weight, a stronger desire for citizens to buy electric carshe says.

CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, Daniel Breton.

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

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jacques Poitras

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

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

This is a shortcoming in Ontario, and it 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 Drivea Toronto organization that promotes electric vehicles would like the province to adopt policies that are more favorable to the adoption of these greener means of transportation.

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

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

Cara Clairman from Plug'n Drive.

Cara Clairman is the CEO 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 various proposals to tackle the problem. The Liberals, New Democrats and Greens promise to restore discounts on electric car purchases.

The Progressive Conservatives categorically refuse to do so. Instead, it highlights the historic investments in the automotive sector to build electric and hybrid vehicles as well as battery production in the province.

The Progressive Conservative Party :

  • No discount when buying an electric or hybrid car
  • Support the transformation of car factories into the production of electric and hybrid vehicles and their batteries
  • Install charging stations for electric cars 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, exclusive luxury models, and a $ 800 subsidy for the installation of a charging station for the home
  • Implement a zero-emission car strategy aimed at increasing sales of electric vehicles (all models sold before 2035 will be electric)
  • Buy electric vehicles manufactured in Canada to represent the entire Ontario Government fleet by 2030

liberal party :

  • Restore 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 charging station at home
  • Install charging stations in buildings, car parks, city streets, GO train stations and ONroute rest areas
  • Eliminate tolls for electric vehicles in certain lanes on provincial highways

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 various electric models in Ontario
  • Expand the network of charging stations, including in car parks, stations, homes and rest areas along motorways
  • Remove petrol cars by 2030

Build more charging stations

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

The resident of Welland in the Niagara region says he sometimes travels to North Bay in the northern part 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 come, we must not move. We absolutely have to charge it uphe says.

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

If the forces encourage consumers to take electric cars, it 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 at Hypercharge, a Vancouver-based charging station provider, agrees. He feels that Ontario has encountered one fartbump with Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives coming to power in 2018.

The outgoing government had stopped developing a network of public charging stations, a project started by Kathleen Wynnes liberals. Doug Ford had also canceled discounts on electric vehicles.

There’s a magical relationship between cars and charging stations, and we’re not there yet. There is a lot of work to dosays Jones.

We do not want to create a bottleneck by encouraging the introduction of electric vehicles if people can not charge them.

Sion Jones, Vice President of Operations at Hypercharge, in front of an electric charging station.

Sion Jones is the Vice President of Operations at Hypercharge, a Canadian provider of electric charging stations.

Photo: Radio Canada / Chris Langanzarde

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