Next Wave of EV Buyers are getting readyNext Wave of EV Buyers are getting ready<div class="ExternalClass35C60EB4BCF04B92913F97F1A7E3CB36"><p>Electric vehicles (EVs) are drawing interest in Metro Vancouver with 24 per cent of new car buyers considering a switch to non-gas vehicles, according to a recent study by Simon Fraser University’s Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team (START).</p><p>However, the push to get these drivers – referred to as the next wave of EV buyers – driving electric vehicles is hitting a snag.</p><p>The study found that while there was an increase in awareness in 2017 – with eight in every 10 respondents aware of at least one specific EV model -- fewer than half understood basic EV technology, while direct experience with EVs also remains very low. Less than five percent of respondents, for instance, have driven or been a passenger in an EV. The low awareness and poor understanding of electric vehicles contributes to slow uptake.</p><p>This study also found that many of the next wave of EV buyers face barriers to accessing home EV charging, which typically serves 80-90 percent of EV charging needs. About half of these buyers live in multi-family homes and about 30 percent are renters. These drivers tend to have more difficulty accessing charging than people who live in single-family homes.</p><p>Metro Vancouver has been working on initiatives to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in this region since 2012 in support of regional greenhouse gas and air emissions reductions goals. Programs such as Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience (<a href="http://www.emotivebc.ca/" target="_blank">www.emotivebc.ca</a>), <a href="http://evcondo.ca/" target="_blank">EVCondo.ca</a>, and <a href="http://evworkplace.ca/" target="_blank">EVWorkplace.ca</a> engage with residents, businesses and strata corporations to lower the barriers to owning an EV. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu41-emotive.jpg2018-03-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#92eaa47a-0f33-4648-b846-b730cde049be;L0|#092eaa47a-0f33-4648-b846-b730cde049be|Issue 41;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass04FF9E0212E64E1DB73615C2410FD843"><p>​Electric vehicles (EVs) are drawing interest in Metro Vancouver but the push to get people driving them is facing some challenges. </p></div>0