The Saskatchewan Electric Vehicle Association hosted an educational and celebratory event at the Canadian Tire in Regina’s east end. The 6th yearly Drive Electric Week was held in Regina with the goal of dispelling common misconceptions about electric automobiles and promoting their environmental benefits. The most common “rumors”E regarding EVs (electric vehicles) that the organization hears are that they are expensive to charge and that they don’t work well in winter.
According to Matthew Pointer, the association’s president, most EVs are built to run in places like Norway, implying that manufacturers are considering frigid winter situations. In the severe cold, Pointer’s electric vehicle loses a little battery power, but since it can be charged at night, it will begin every morning.
“In fact, the battery packs are thermally managed. So that means essentially, they’re heated and cooled on their power in the winter and summer,” explained Pointer. “As a result, they take care of themselves, which prevents the battery from being depleted prematurely.” He also mentioned charging costs from $30 to $40 each month, based on how much one drive, with a charger installation costing around $500.
According to Pointer, an EV’s battery life is extremely long, and he is unaware of anyone who has needed to replace theirs yet. According to him, Saskatchewan also has around two-thirds of mined elements needed to manufacture an electric vehicle battery.
“We have a large number of lithium storage facilities available here. “We have nickel, cobalt, and a tremendous amount of sunshine,” Pointer explained. “I believe we have the power to connect all of the connections and create something genuinely amazing here in the province.” Brian Black, a Regina resident, is thinking about switching to an electric car.
According to Black, the technology will be available in the future, and “probably will be purchasing something like this at the moment.” He also mentioned that the occasion taught him how simple it is to maintain an electric vehicle. “As time goes on, different areas where you can charge the vehicle become more common,” Black said.
The east Canadian Tire facility now has Tesla-specific charging points, but two more charging stations will be added that will operate with all-electric vehicles. By the end of 2021, Canadian Tire plans to add these new stations to 11 more locations across the province, bringing Saskatchewan’s total number of charging stations to around 30.