A report released this week by Plug’n Drive, entitled “Electric Vehicles: Reducing Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions” shows that the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction potential of electric vehicles (EVs) is considerable and EVs can play an important role in Ontario’s GHG reduction strategy.
The report comes at a time when Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is looking for ways to help shape Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan calling for a 15% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050.
According to StatCan, Ontario’s transportation sector burns more than 16 billion litres of gasoline and emits nearly 37 million tonnes of GHG each year. Through a lifecycle analysis of Ontario’s electricity grid, Plug’n Drive estimates that EVs can reduce these GHG emissions by as much as 67-95% per vehicle.
Plug’n Drive looked at five EV penetration scenarios and calculated the potential emission reductions and cost savings for each. If Ontario were to achieve a 25% increase in EV sales to 2020, the Province would have more than 100,000 EVs on the road by 2050, reducing Ontario’s GHG emissions by as much as 9.19 Mega-tonnes, or 6.5% of Ontario’s total reduction target for 2050. At the same time, EV owners would save a total of $4.4 Billion on fuel costs.
“With our low emitting grid”, said Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, “implementing policies that encourage EV adoption in Ontario is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways for Ontario to reach its GHG emissions reduction targets, while offering drivers significant savings on fuel.”
The report also puts forward a series of “EV Friendly” initiatives that, if implemented, would lead to higher EV uptake and, in turn, higher GHG emissions reductions.