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Electric vehicle owners in Saskatchewan are pushing for more EVs on the road

Electric vehicle owners in Saskatchewan are pushing for more EVs on the road.

Key Takeaways:

  • Albert Chubak is a self-proclaimed Volkswagen enthusiast, but at SaskEV’s Drive Electric Earth Day on Saturday, he decided to try out a Tesla.
  • According to Malcolm Lucy, president of SaskEV, Saskatchewan still has a long way to go before catching up to other provinces that have more electric vehicles on the road.

Albert Chubak is a self-proclaimed Volkswagen fan, but he thought he’d try out a Tesla at SaskEV’s Drive Electric Earth Day on Saturday.

The event’s purpose at the Western Development Museum is to promote and display the burgeoning EV (electric vehicle) community in the area.

“The engine was the first thing I looked for,” he explained. “When we open the back, there’s nothing there.” There’s nothing there when we open the front door. So, where did the battery go? “Can you tell me where all of this stuff is?”

According to Malcolm Lucy, president of SaskEV, Saskatchewan still has some catching up with other provinces with more electric vehicles on the road; nevertheless, he claims the EV scene has evolved dramatically in the four years he’s owned his Tesla.

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“They were considered unique and hard to come by four years ago. “They’re now aplenty on our streets,” Lucy explained.

Chubak’s brief trip along had blown him away with its might. He claimed that it made his Audi feel like a Ford Model T.

“The strength was incredible. I’ve been in some quick Porsches. “Wow, that was quick,” he said.

Chubak isn’t alone, according to EV owner Tyler Krause. One of the numerous aspects of electric vehicles that people in Saskatchewan are unaware of is their power.

The four primary myths Krause and Lucy documented were electric vehicles not working in Saskatchewan’s hard winters, a lack of available charging stations, and a little influence on the climate.

Electric vehicle owners in Saskatchewan are pushing for more EVs on the road.
Electric vehicle owners in Saskatchewan are pushing for more EVs on the road. Image from The Guardian

All of those formerly valid points have now become obsolete. Even though electric vehicles can’t drive as far in the cold, they can still be used. According to SaskPower, electric vehicles reduce pollutants by 30% compared to a traditional combustion engine car. Charging stations are accessible in about 20 communities across the province.

According to Krause, EVs will become more popular on Saskatchewan’s highways as SaskPower continues to upgrade the province’s electrical grid.

“As SaskPower adds more sustainable energy, that number will only grow as the system becomes cleaner,” he added.

While SaskPower’s website claims that there will be approximately 1,200 electric vehicles in Saskatchewan by 2021, SaskEV can rejoice that it has won over at least one more person.

“I assumed I’d be witnessing the arrival of electric motors.” “I didn’t expect to see a whole change of cars that I hadn’t seen before,” Chubak stated.

Source: CTV News

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