CBC’s Marketplace put several EVs to the test, checking their range, charging infrastructure, and repairs, and found them wanting. Of 12 charging stations attempted from four different providers, seven had problem. And to top it all off, they even asked Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault about it!
The long range test in barely cold temperatures doesn’t make it, then they have trouble charging. It’s quite the episode. Another woman planning on taking her kid camping has to stay in a hotel she figured charged by the hour because it took seven hours to charge her car since she couldn’t find a working fast charger.
Notably, they did not test electric pickups, or towing, or extreme cold, or pickups towing in the extreme cold. The reporter talks about extreme cold being -20 C. Maybe they should come to the prairies, where -20 C is bikini weather. How about -35 C like all of Alberta was blanketed in two weeks ago for several days?
This is all significant, because Guilbeault, before Christmas, released the planned roadmap to force all new light vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2035. Several times in that plan it speaks about electric vehicles principally.
So to see such a critical report from the CBC, is, well, startling to say the least. Normally, Pipeline Online wouldn’t post such things from the CBC, but this is too good to pass up. Watch for yourself. In the first two days since it was posted to YouTube on Jan. 26, 100,000 people already watched it.
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