No free ride for electric vehicle owners

Victoria council heard last week that B.C. government has created a pot of money to help install more charging stations around the province.

Victoria council heard last week, from an advocate of electric vehicles, that B.C. government has created a pot of money to help install more charging stations around the province.

The city hasn’t yet determined whether it will apply for some of the cash, let alone whether it supports the idea of the municipality administering such units.

In general, we like the idea of creating more opportunities to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. But at a time when everyone from householders to municipal governments are pinching pennies, the question of who will pay for the power needs addressing.

Existing units outside the Fairmont Empress Hotel and Thrifty Foods at Quadra Street and Cloverdale Avenue are free. That may have more to do with a desire on the part of the companies to be perceived as environmentally conscious and leading the charge, so to speak, for change. We applaud those efforts.

On the other hand, if the province, and by extension, municipalities, want to financially support the expansion of the electric vehicle market by creating more charging stations, the least vehicle users can do is pay for the power.

We’re not talking a huge amount of money here. Using a quick-charge station – 220 volts, like your dryer – such as the one on the Empress’ property costs in the neighbourhood of $2 or $3 to fully charge a vehicle.

The point is, such projects should be revenue neutral, just like the province’s carbon tax on gasoline.

The owners of electric vehicles, which are still rather costly, are likely not exactly struggling to make ends meet.

We suspect that most would be more than happy to pay a few bucks to cover the cost of powering up their rides.

If electric vehicles catch on the way advocates hope they will, the purchase price will come down, but it’s not likely that electricity will cost less.

Doing the right thing frequently costs money. In a case like this where doing so involves making a personal choice, it’s incumbent on the choosers to back their choice financially.

Just Posted

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada

Emergency health services treated a person after they were blocking traffic at the intersection of Fort and Douglas Streets on June 17. (Evert Lindquist/ News Staff)
Victoria intersection traffic returns to normal after protester blocked roadway

A person in a motorized wheelchair was blocking the intersection at Fort and Douglas Streets

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

With local high schoolers unable to have a traditional graduation ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions, Amica Douglas House celebrated the momentous occasion of eight of their dining room servers. (Courtesy Amica Douglas House)
8 Greater Victoria teens don fancy dresses, celebrate grad with seniors

With celebrations nixed, Amica Douglas House hosts event for its serving staff

Eric White’s roadside farm stand in Metchosin sits stocked with produce. (Photo courtesy of Eric White)
Fledgling Metchosin farmer frustrated by thefts from stand

Eric White said every dollar made at the roadside helps sustain his farm

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

Most Read