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The U.S. may be out of the global climate agreement, but other countries and major industries are stepping up to save the planet. Canada is certainly on board and it looks like we might see a couple major changes in the next few years. Business leaders predict one of those will be a dramatic shift to electric cars. Across the country, work is being done to perfect the infrastructure needed to make electric cars just as convenient and cost-effective as their gas-guzzling counterparts. It’s predicted they’ll actually be cheaper and more popular than gas-powered cars within the next eight years.

Now, before you roll your eyes and dismiss the electric car as a glorified kids toy, hear us out. These aren’t the electric cars of old. When they first came out, yes, models were limited, you couldn’t always count on a place to fuel up along a long route and the cars themselves were ridiculously expensive. Canada is working toward solving all those problems.

The biggest concern here is convenient charging. If you have to go way out of your way just to power your car, what have you gained? That’s all part of the infrastructure being worked on to make a transition possible. There are plans for more charging stations across Canada and engineers are currently working on ways to transition the country to a ‘smart grid.’ This smart grid would accommodate the increase of electricity usage that a country of electric cars would need and even use fully-charged cars to feed back into the system.

If the aesthetics of electric car options are troubling you, allow us to put your mind at ease. Most of the most popular car companies are working on electric cars if they don’t already offer them. Once we as consumers show industries we want these cars, they’ll be more likely to divert their resources to designing and manufacturing more electric cars. Audi is the most recent to advertise a new electric model and even non-car companies like Apple and Google are getting in on the race. Remember: high competition is good for consumers like us.

Also good for us: if we’re all buying electric cars, the price goes down. Once we have an established market for these things, they’ll actually be cheaper than gas-powered cars. Fantastic!

Wait, what about all those people who work in oil? Are we going to have an unemployment epidemic? Not at all. Once we shift to green energy, there are actually going to be more jobs available. Seriously, is there a down side to this?

Bottom line is, we have to commit to greener ways of living our lives and that will actually improve a lot of the aspects of life. The government and certain industries have started doing their parts, now it’s time for us to do ours. Go forth and make electric cars a thing!

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