Time Right for Electric Car 'Boom'

The Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map task force believes that up to 15 per cent of new cars on the road could be plug-in vehicles within the next decade.

Published: 06-Jan-2009

OTTAWA — Plug-in electric cars can make a breakthrough into the North American market within the next decade as the economy emerges from its current slowdown, says the head of an industry-led panel advising the Harper government.

The task force, which includes auto manufacturers General Motors and Ford, says that up to 15 per cent of new cars on the road could be plug-in vehicles within the next decade. The target is part of the group’s new vision statement which triples a previous goal of five per cent from last summer.

“I think it’s a lot of common sense with a little bit of a push, and personally I think we can do better if we all pull together,” said Michael Elwood, who is chairing Canada’s Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map group. “I think there’s a lot of brilliant people in this country.”

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