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22 Settembre 2022



There’s been a change in the gas pumps, and it’s not just the price of fuel. Your local garage may have recently retrofitted their pay-at-the-pump screen options to accommodate the increased cost of gas, updating prepaid amounts to a higher value since a twenty-dollar top-up now barely moves the gas gauge.Consumer confidence in the viability of electric vehicles (EVs) is growing as we consider the long-term impact of what these price hikes mean. Whether it’s getting to work, running errands, or visiting friends and family, the cost of travel is becoming evident. We can now envision a future where it will be cheaper to buy electric rather than a mechanical, gasoline-fueled vehicle. The goal is that by 2035, we’ll all be driving them. What will this look like?Connor Stewart started up his company, Charge Guys, in 2018 when he recognized a gap between people purchasing their first EV and being set-up with a charging station. As the company grew, he saw an opportunity to educate and provide solutions for multi-residential spaces.“Up to now, we’ve been very reliant on oil and gas to transport us,” says Stewart “We’ve recognized as a country and as a society that this is no longer sustainable. In Canada, we are now shifting from gas sources of energy—from ‘dirty’ sources to clean and renewable sources. EV charging is the first piece of the puzzle. If everyone is switching their number one mode of transport to something electric and renewable, what’s to say they aren’t comfortable switching their entire home?”It’s something to consider given the dynamic of the environmental crisis and the speed with which the climate is changing.“In Toronto there’s already a framework in place called the Toronto Green Standard (TGS),” continues Stewart. “It’s a framework that by 2030, every building built in Toronto has net-zero emissions being emitted into the atmosphere. So, we’re already seeing it further up-stream.”A poll conducted by Clean Energy Canada in May found 53 per cent of Ontarians now lean towards choosing electric over gas or diesel, but are bothered the province isn’t keeping pace with the rest of Canada.“There was a higher proportion of EVs sold in the Yukon last year than in Canada’s most populous province,” Transportation Program Manager Joanna Kyriazis said in a statement. “A lack of provincial EV policies has meant that the majority of new EVs made for the Canadian market are sent to Quebec and B.C., making it even harder for Ontarians to get behind the wheel.”Another factor stalling operations is the wait time for ordered vehicles, with the demand for microchips causing delays.“I ordered an electric Ford F150. I was told it’ll be here in 2025,” says Stewart. Meanwhile, his father, who owns an automotive dealership in Woodstock, Ontario, has had to completely close for the time being due to the exorbitant cost of stocking new vehicles. “Dealerships are cutting staff and other expenses to save costs,” he says. “Prices will come back down eventually, but right now it’s chaos.”Stewart says this period is a time of caution but suggests that it also offers an opportunity for condo managers to think ahead. “Now is the time to be proactive. The automotive industry is lagging now, but when it catches up, it’s going to hit hard. You’ll want to have EV charging built into your next reserve fund study and be prepared for demand.” (ICE TORONTO)

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