The Ontario government just opened their first taxpayer subsidized electric car learning centre and it’s only going to cost taxpayers a million dollars!
Of course this will be another boondoggle, subsidizing an overhyped industry that impacts few regular Ontarians. Only 11,000 electric cars were sold in Canada last year with global sales accounting for 1% of all vehicle sales.
There’s a very good reason these things aren’t selling like hot cakes and it’s due to driving range.
The Nissan Leaf is the best selling electric car, yet the most you’ll get out of one charge is 172 kilometres. At a cost of over $34K, it’s a rip-off to get less than half the mileage of any other gas, or diesel powered vehicle.
With these disadvantages, nobody is going to buy these cars just because the government tells them to. Empty Tesla charge lots across the country are a testament to this.
As much as politicians like Rachel Notley, Kathleen Wynne and Catherine McKenna want us to switch to cleaner forms of transportation, not everyone can afford a Tesla especially when they can't use other people’s money to get one.
Besides, who can afford extras when the government is saddling us with additional expenses that come along with their ineffective carbon taxes that they claim will save the world?
So now, on top of shouldering the weight of the Ontario government’s poor use of tax dollars, the Liberals just added a million dollars to the pile that Ontarians will have to shell out for this electric car education centre.
Why is the Liberal government running a marketing business for electric car companies any way?
When government gets involved in any business activity besides implementing policy that helps all businesses thrive, it’s always bad news for taxpayers.