As per an organization working to change people’s minds about electric vehicles, a lack of awareness and misinformation about them are preventing more people in New Brunswick from acquiring them. According to Alyse Wilton, who serves as the New Brunswick Lung Association’s manager of the community and environmental health initiatives, three electric cars, and hybrid test-drive weekends will be held in September in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John.
While a poor infrastructure could impede the province’s goal of putting 20,000 electric cars on the road by 2030, Wilton says the public’s negative impression and misinformation are the main obstacles right now. Wilton explained that “a lot of that is just attributable to the fact that we don’t have many (Electric Vehicles) in the province.” “As a result, they’re not normal, and most people don’t know someone who possesses one, so they don’t have first-hand knowledge.”
The goal of the test drives, she added, is to get people “behind the wheel” of the cars so they can form their own opinions about them. Several vehicles, such as Audi e-tron, Tesla Model 3, both the Sportback and Quattro, the Hyundai Kona, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Nissan Leaf 2019, will be available for test drives throughout the events. After General Motors recalled all cars owing to a battery fire danger, the Chevrolet Bolt is not going to be accessible for test drives, but a model is going to be on display, according to Wilton.
On August 20, General Motors announced that in rare situations, two manufacturing flaws in the very same battery cell can cause a fire in some Bolts. In November 2020, the firm issued a recall for the same bug on 2017-2018 and 2019 Bolt cars, providing owners a software upgrade that the company claimed would address the problem. However, in July 2021, the firm announced a new recall for certain devices, stating that the problematic batteries will be replaced. The third recall has been expanded to cover the Bolt EVs of 2020, 2021, and 2022, as well as the Bolt EUV of 2022 and more 2019 Bolts.
The lung association’s test-drive event, dubbed Drive Electric Day, which comes after the province stated in July that it will establish a rebate program for New Brunswickers who buy qualified electric vehicles. The New Brunswick Electric Vehicle Incentive Program will offer rebates to consumers who buy or lease qualified new or even used electric cars from any dealer in the province starting July 8.
Minister in charge of Environment and Climate Change, Gary Crossman stated in a press release that the program will assist the province reach and surpass its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Climate Change Action Plan.
“The initiative will lower the cost of electric vehicles, allowing more individuals to participate in decreasing our transportation emissions,” he added in the announcement. The Climate Change Fund will provide funding for the three-year initiative, which will be approved on an annual basis, as per the press release. A sum of $1.95 million was authorized from 2021 to 2022.