Notley just gave electric vehicle owners what amounts to a $1,900 per car subsidy in the form of an infrastructure handout, by building something the NDP government is calling an “electric corridor.”
That sounds like a great name for a dance bar, but instead, it’s really just a bad way to waste taxpayer money.
According to an Alberta Government press release:
The government of Alberta is providing 1.2 million dollars from the climate leadership plan funding to the Community Energy Association to support the Peak to Prairies Southern Alberta electric vehicle network.
When completed, the Peak to Prairies Network will cover more than 1,700 km of Southern Alberta highways and transition the region to full electric vehicle connectivity.
The media often pegs the number of electric vehicles on the road in Alberta at about 1,000, but in reality, the number is much lower.
By the end of March 2018, there were 635 electric vehicles registered for driving on Alberta roads, about 40 per cent less than the number routinely reported in the mainstream media.
That’s one hell of a rounding error!
If you do the math, 635 vehicles out of a total of 3,557,005 vehicles registered in Alberta comes out to less than two-ten-thousandths of a per cent of all vehicles in the province.
The best part of paying a carbon tax to stay alive in -40 degree weather is subsidizing a handful of affluent electric car drivers so they can make their summer journey from Fort Macleod to the mountains, and feel self-righteous while doing it.
If there were demand for this sort of electric car charging infrastructure (and, there isn’t), the private sector would build it.