By Lethbridge Herald on February 2, 2024.
There have been a lot of attacks on EVs lately by prominent and powerful people in Alberta. Claims have been made that EVs don’t work in places like Lethbridge and the surrounding rural area. As a local EV owner, I would like to point out that, contrary to these claims, EVs can work very well.
I have been driving EVs for 13 years now, hybrids for 10 and a fully electric car for the last three years. The average electric vehicle range has reached a point where I was happy to own one. In the summer, I can reach Red Deer before needing to refuel. Even at -30C, I can still reach Calgary, which is fine for me. No, I’ve never been stranded. I haven’t run out of fuel since I was 16 by the simple precaution of looking at the fuel gauge. Charging infrastructure in southern Alberta is actually very robust, thanks to some local visionaries who proactively began installing chargers a few years ago. We are ahead of many other regions in this respect.
Batteries typically last the life of the vehicle and can be repurposed or recycled. Maintenance is much less when you have an engine with one moving part. The cost of home charging is minimal, I don’t see an impact on my utility bill any more than I do from drying a load of laundry. The savings from no longer buying gas, especially when you have a long commute, are tremendous.
There are some situations where an EV would not be the best solution. If you’re commonly towing things or you take many long trips in the winter, for example. However, for me the EV has been a wonderfully superior technology. We’ve gone on many long drives across Canada and plan to do many more. To see powerful people trying to deny this technology to Canadians, for reasons that might have more to do with political donations than with the benefits to Albertans, is disappointing indeed.