Riding the electric wave
I'm guessing that a lot of the people reading this will have seen an electric car on the road in the last week. Electric vehicles are hitting Canada's roads in numbers we've never seen before. Well most of Canada's roads anyway.
In B.C., EV sales were up 100% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. And it's just the beginning, as our Merran Smith told the Vancouver Sun, "we will see sales begin to snowball as more people adopt.” By contrast though, electric vehicle numbers in Ontario are falling, despite public support for them—largely due to policy changes. But even if Ontario residents see fewer electric cars, many will be seeing more electric buses, as Toronto's transit authority moves to electrify its fleet.
Electric bus ambitions are catching, with BC Transit joining Toronto and Montreal's transit authorities on the bandwagon towards a zero-emissions bus fleet last week. The authority announced it intends to transition its whole fleet of buses to electric by 2040, and will only buy new electric buses by 2023. The announcement comes after Canada and the province of B.C. both made the Drive to Zero pledge, committing to the adoption of more zero-emission commercial vehicles, like buses and trucks.