The path to the future is electric

It is quite clear that Ontario residents and Canadians are moving to fully electric vehicles. As a group of us discussed the various benefits of different half tons on the market over a meal one evening in Thunder Bay, one of the people at the table pointed out the merits of owning an electric half ton or any electrical vehicle. He pointed out some simple facts.
You won’t be pulling up to gas pumps, with their changing per-litre prices. You won’t be going into the service department every 5,000 km for oil, filter and grease services. You won’t be worrying about exhaust systems and muffler repairs. And then he put the idea in everyone’s mind that over the course of a year you would probably save several thousand dollars.
It is estimated that today’s gas vehicles cost $2500 annually on average for fuel, while a typical electric vehicle would cost $1.45 per day and a hybrid $700 per year.
The Canadian government has made the owning of EV vehicles and hybrid electrical vehicles very popular. They established a $300 million fund that gave purchasers of electric or hybrid vehicles a $5000 rebate. The fund was to last for five years. In 2019 over $135 million had been drawn out of the fund.
It all makes owning an electrical vehicle that much easier.
Today, every major manufacturer is producing electric vehicles or hybrids and the mileage of many of those vehicles is reaching up to 600 km between fill ups.
It is no wonder that Ford, General Motors and Dodge are all beginning to market fully electric half tons to compete with the Tesla Cybertruck and relative unknowns, such as the Rivian R1T, the Atlis XT, the Bollinger B1 & B2 and the Workhorse W-15. Depending on the size of the batteries in those vehicles, one could expect to travel as many as 800 km between fill ups.
All three, GM, Ford and Dodge are betting their futures on green energy trucks and vehicles.
Depending on whether a super charger was available or not, one could spend anywhere from 30 minutes to up to 12 hours filling up the batteries with juice. If you are a homeowner, it would be worth your while to hire an electrical contractor to install either a 240-volt or 480-volt recharging station in your home.
If you are travelling a great deal, it is well worth your time to know where recharging stations are available. Between Thunder Bay and Fort Frances there is one charging station at the Quetico Inn in Atikokan and two stations in Fort Frances, one at Tim Hortons and the other at La Place Rendezvous. You may have to stand in line to recharge your vehicle. Travelling to Winnipeg, one station is planned for Steinbach, but nothing currently exists between the Fort and Winnipeg.
It is hoped that more charging stations will be made available as more consumers choose to purchase electrical vehicles and hybrids.
We can begin to expect that auto dealers will install recharging stations at their businesses and that rows of gas pumps will be transformed to electric charging stations.
Electric vehicles will in the future challenge electrical distribution companies to upgrade their services to meet the demand of electric vehicles.

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