July 27th, 2015
Electric vehicles are a key component to ensure a successful transition towards a major reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. So is stated in the recently released report by the Sustainable Transportation Research Team at Simon Fraser University. The introduction to this major study also states that, “widespread uptake and use of plugin electric vehicles will involve meaningful shifts in social and technical systems.”
The report titled Electrifying Vehicles: Insights from the Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study, looks at the market potential for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV’s) in Canada.
PEV’s can be be powered by grid electricity or gasoline and pure battery electric cars which can only use electricity.
Electric Vehicles Study Highlights
- 36% of Canadians surveyed want electric vehicles and most of them want plug-in hybrid vehicles that use both electricity and gasoline.
- Current plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) owners tend to be of higher income and education and are more engaged in environment- and/or technology-oriented lifestyles.
- Most conventional vehicle buyers have little familiarity with PEVs, and are particularly confused about the concept of a plug-in hybrid.
- Only 20-33% of conventional vehicle buyers are aware of public chargers, but awareness does not seem to influence PEV interest.
- Vehicle owners differ considerably in terms of motivations for PEV interest, e.g. exploring new technology, seeking environmental benefits, or realizing savings. (Axsen et al., 2015)
- Future use of PEVs could vary widely by province; electricity demand could range from 6.8 to 8.7 kWh/day per vehicle.
- With today’s electricity grids, usage of PEVs can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-98% in British Columbia, around 45% in Alberta, and 58-70% in Ontario.
- PEV and conventional vehicle buyers are generally open to the idea of enrolling in a “utility controlled charging” program, though some are concerned about privacy and the potential for battery degradation.
- With the current supply of PEVs in Canada (10 models), future PEV new market share is not likely to exceed 4-5% by 2030; increasing supply (to 56 models) could increase market share to over 20% by 2030.
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Full report can be read here.
Citations: Axsen, J., S. Goldberg, J. Bailey, G. Kamiya, B. Langman, J. Cairns, M. Wolinetz, and A. Miele (2015). Electrifying Vehicles: Insights from the Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
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