Some See Wisdom in Going Slow on Electric Cars

Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island are giving serious consideration to following Quebec and B.C.'s lead, while Ontario is moving more cautiously on allowing low-speed electric cars on province streets.

Published: 04-Aug-2008

Motorists plying Guelph's back streets are used to sharing the road with bicyclists, motorcyclists and the occasional motorized scooter. But they're not likely to encounter an electric car there any time soon.

While Quebec and British Columbia are testing the waters by allowing electric cars to be driven on slow-speed streets, and Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island are giving serious consideration to following Quebec and B.C.'s lead, Ontario is taking a cautious approach in granting approval for electric cars and trucks to be driven on this province's roads.

While critics like Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory say the provincial Liberals are acting too cautiously, in actuality they are exercising a sensible prudence in attempting to gauge the safety of these vehicles as a prelude to what may in coming years become an increasingly popular mode of interurban transportation in the wake of rising fuel prices.

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