The provincial government is offering $12,500 to people who purchase electric cars.
Many people in the city without a garage are having trouble finding a good place to charge their cars. Todd Anderson is one such person, who recently bought a 2016 Chevy Volt. He lives in Riverdale and doesn’t have a garage or driveway and has to charge out on the street where he parks. Anderson has to run extension cords from his home over to the street in order to charge his battery. If parking space is full, he has to park in a no-parking zone to charge his car, which has resulted in $300 in fines.
Anderson has asked his Ward councillor to help him get approval to park right in front of his house, so he can charge his car easier. He also wants to run the extension cord underground so no one trips on it–a job he says he would pay for himself.
Meanwhile, Transportation Services and Toronto Hydro have spent four years trying to find the right locations to install up to five curb-side charging areas around the city.
Should you get an electric car if you have nowhere to charge it? Or should there be more charging stations available?