GUNTER: Trudeau’s electric vehicle plan is thoroughly laughable

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At some point in my life, I suspect either my wife or I will own an electric vehicle. They are elegant pieces of technology.

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But the Trudeau government’s goal of having 60 per cent of new vehicles sold in Canada be electric by 2030 is laughable.

And the Liberals’ plan to outlaw new internal combustion engine vehicles altogether by 2035, is nothing more than pompous, unrealistic, virtue signalling.

Let’s start with some basic, practical considerations, like where are all these new EVs going to come from?

Each year, Canadians and Canadian companies bought about 1.7 million new vehicles. Last year, fewer than 80,000 were electric or hybrid gas-electric.

To reach the Liberals’ 2030 goal, just over a million a year will have to be fully electric.

If we are to be at the level of one million new EVs a year just eight years from now, EV sales will have to increase at a rate that will see 3.5 million or more electrics sold in Canada between now and then.

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At present, only about 2.5 million EVs are made worldwide each year. That means Canada would have to scoop the equivalent of 40 per cent of total current global production to meet Trudeau’s goal.

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Of course, worldwide production is going to ramp up, probably dramatically by 2030, but assuming lots of other “progressive” governments are dreaming the same EV daydreams as the Trudeau government, who’s going to build the tens of million extra EVs?

Who’s going to mine all the lithium and other rare elements needed for all the batteries?

Not to mention, where is all the electricity going to come from to charge all those batteries in all those EVs? And how many emissions will all that electrical generation produce?

The fantasy of going all EV by 2035 would require 12 new nuclear power stations. Canada currently has six. Or it would require over 100 new hydroelectric dams.

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We’ve seen the Trudeau government’s magical projection for how many new electric vehicles there will be overnight, but where are the applications for new nuclear plants? Where are the blueprints and environmental assessments for scores of new dams?

Imagining millions of new EVs is the easy part (the only part of any project the Trudeau government is any good at). But where are the nuts and bolts plans to make the promise a reality?

I’m not alone in my skepticism.

Currently, an electric vehicle is a luxury for those with well above-average incomes – people who can afford an expensive second or even third vehicle solely for city driving.

They don’t go as far on a charge as a gasoline or diesel vehicle goes on a full tank. They take many times longer to recharge than an internal combustion vehicle takes to refuel, even at the speediest charging stations. That means we will need many times more charging stations than gas stations.

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Electric vehicles are not made for Canadian distances or cold. Oh, and they cost more to maintain, sometimes thousands of dollars more a year.

Then there are all those batteries to dispose of (hundreds of pounds per vehicle) when they reach the end of their useful “lives.”

An internal poll for Natural Resources Canada and reported by Blacklock’s Reporter shows the vast majority of Canadians don’t want or can’t afford an EV.

Since they came to power in 2015, the Trudeau Liberals have spent nearly $4 billion subsidizing EV purchases and charging stations, and still at least two-thirds of Canadians aren’t convinced.

Since the average income of EV purchasers is well in excess of $100,000, while the income of the average conventional vehicle buyer is just over $60,000, Trudeau’s plan amounts to a giant tax on the middle class to help buy cars for the upper classes.

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