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Automobile manufacturers are concerned that Canada’s electric vehicle charging plan may fall short of its sales targets

ByKarol Donimirski

May 18, 2022

According to a new study, Canada needs to more than increase twice the number of public chargers in the next three years, and triple it by the end of the decade. However, some of the nation’s largest automakers are skeptical that the federal government’s strategy for electric vehicle charging is ambitious or coordinated enough to meet the country’s sales goals for battery-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs.

By 2026, 20% of all passenger car sales will be electric, 60% by 2030, and 100% by 2035, according to those plans, which were raised in March. Climate Advisers and Natural Resources Canada commissioned Dunsky Energy to examine the charging requirements to achieve such objectives. Although the entire analysis is not yet available, Jeff Turner, who works as a senior researcher based at Dunsky, stated in an interview that Canada will require 50,000 public charges by 2025, 195,000 to 201,000 by 2030, and 1.8 million to 5.6 million by 2050.

That is a wide range, according to Turner, but “there is a great deal of uncertainty here.” He stated, “We have no idea what the world will look like in 2050.” The largest unknown is how many current apartment and condo complexes will install a port in every parking place, and how many Canadians would be forced to rely completely on public charging.

One charger per ten electric vehicles is the European goal, but California’s goal is one per seven. According to Turner, Canada should aim for a ratio of one port for every 3 cars to one port for every fourteen cars.

Because of Canada’s wide geography, people travel larger distances daily than in much of the Europe region, and electric vehicles require more frequent charging in the winter. Dunsky’s projections match Natural Resources Canada’s objective for the time being. The department is in charge of ensuring that sufficient chargers are installed.

Around 16,000 public charging connections are currently available in 6,800 sites across Canada. By 2026, the Liberals committed to building another 50,000 homes. On top of $350 million earmarked in 2016 for chargers on retail, public streets, restaurant parking lots, businesses, and multi-unit residential structures, the current budget included $400 million for public chargers in suburban and distant regions. Additionally, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is allocating $500 million from its current green fund to charging stations.

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, on the other hand, is concerned that Canada’s strategy is not ambitious or thorough enough. “The largest hurdle to bringing more Canadians into an electric car is charging availability, which, of course, is combined with the expense of EVs,” stated Brian Kingston, who is the CVMA president. “We’re concerned that they don’t have a thorough, detailed plan in place to create a nationwide charging network.”

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