There’s a battle rumbling south of the border. And it’s one Canadians aren’t hearing a lot about unless they plumb the news feeds online.
It started for Tesla Motors during the 2012 U.S. presidential race. As the electric car company paid off its bailout loans earlier this month, American government news watchdog AllGov reminded readers that during the recent U.S. election republicans Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin both referred to the company as “losers.”
Tesla Motors is in the news a lot these days. If it isn’t a controversial New York Times review that caused the venerable newspaper to eat crow, it’s making headlines about selling their automobiles direct to the consumer, whittling away the middle man.
The company ought to get a sincere pat on the back for their efforts to introduce electric cars into the mainstream. Instead, their efforts were derailed in Texas despite a favourable opinion of the company on Wall Street. What this seems to indicate is that despite political backlash and negative press, Tesla Motors continues to move forward — disrupting the current fossil-fuel dominated automobile industry by offering a radical choice for consumers.
So how are you able to take advantage of this choice?
Well, it’s not easy of course. Our roads and geography in British Columbia weren’t made for the electric car in mind. But as proponents will point out, the options are getting better every year. Right now, there are basically four types of electric vehicles. In B.C., the provincial government offers a wide range of interesting incentives for consumers, which includes covering some of the costs to install charging stations at multi-unit residential buildings in the province.
If you already have an electric vehicle requiring a fuelling station, then Richmond is the place to go. The Lower Mainland city boasts 10 such terminals. And for those thinking about buying an electric car, Clean Energy Vehicles for B.C. provides all the information you need to make a decision.
It even lists all the places in B.C. where you are able to plug-in.