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City hall pleased with electric car charger program despite slow start
2013-07-03
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CTV London, July 2, 2013

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When it comes to electric vehicles, Londoners seem to be a bit wary.

Despite the fact that three chargers in the downtown core were only used 30 times in three months, city officials are pleased with the initial numbers.

The hesitation from Londoners seems to be echoed by the rest of the country.

Electric car sales make up about 0.1per cent of all new cars sold in Canada.

This past May, that number was even lower, at .08 per cent – a grand total of 152 plug-in units sold across the country.

Despite the low numbers, the City of London launched a pilot project three months ago, putting in three new electric plug-in stations downtown.

The project costs $27,000, most of it funded by private industry.

Auto analysts say whether the investment is worthwhile, is a bit like the chicken or egg argument.

“Before we’re going to see widespread use in electric vehicles, we have to see more charging stations and the problem with putting in big investments in charging stations is there are so few electric charging stations on the road. It isn’t worth the investment,” says Tony Faria, an auto industry expert with the University of Windsor.

“For the nay-sayers, you’ve got to start somewhere. I believe gas stations probably started the same way, there were people who didn’t believe we needed those because you could continue to feed your horse,” says Jay Stanford, director of Environmental Programs & Solid Waste for the City of London.

So it may still be a while before the public gives electric vehicles the green light.

Read the article at CTV London