Electric Cars vs. Latte-Sucking Yuppie Wimps

The Vancouver city council has unanimously approved new regulations for electric vehicle charging stations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports. Under the plan, approved Thursday, developers must include plug-ins for electric cars in at least 20 percent of parking stalls in new condominium and apartment buildings, along with some city-owned parking lots.

One commentator responded, “Yet another example of a Canadian special interest group of latte-sucking yuppie wimps that has taken over and obtained access to government policy.”

The council doubled the original proposal, which would have required only 10 percent of stalls to have the charging infrastructure. David Ramslie of the City of Vancouver said the initiative is drawing direct support from car manufacturers like Nissan and Mitsubishi.

“As a result of this each stall will cost $2,000, eh? Think again. Do the freaking math, folks. Those are after-tax dollars,” said the commentator.

Ramslie said the city is getting attention from car companies when it comes to new model launches. "We've had discussions to bring electric vehicles to Vancouver first because we feel this city is set up in so many ways to support electric vehicles."

“In addition, the cost will be added to your mortgage. Your real cost will be about $5,000 a stall, which is stupid beyond belief. People will likely pay for the charges via their credit cards, pushing the costs even higher,” replied commentator.

The estimated price tag for the plug-ins is between $500 and $2,000 per stall. Developers are being given an 18-month grace period before the plug-ins are required.

“The fix is easy. Keep the special interest groups away from government policymaking. Oh, and you can bet the instructions will be in at least three or four languages, too. Anybody heard of an extension cord? You can buy one at Crappy Tire for about $20,”said the commentator.

“Electric cars are coming. They are in Europe and in Japan,” Mayor Gregor Robertson told Joanne Lee-Young of the Vancouver Sun, echoing observers who see that while Vancouver might lead Canada, it would be playing catch-up to many cities elsewhere, such as San Francisco and Paris, which already each have hundreds of charging stations and a growing culture for electric car use. “We need to be prepared.”

“Where does electricity come from?” asked the commentator.



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