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Transportation: Electric Vehicle Carpool Lanes

WHEREAS a group of prominent scientists say that we have three years before “the temperature goals set in Paris become … unattainable”;[1]

WHEREAS the transportation sector produces nearly 30% of all global warming emissions in Canada,[2] and countries such as Norway, Britain, France and China are offering subsidies for or mandating EVs;[3]

WHEREAS Canada is a nation with many sparsely populated areas where gasoline powered vehicles may still be necessary and punishing their purchase would be unfair, the conversion of carpool lanes into EV-only lanes offers a more Canada-friendly approach;

WHEREAS lanes where EVs using existing technology can travel up to 150 km/hr spaced less than a metre apart are ideally suited to the majority of Canadians who live in Metropolitan areas;

WHEREAS Elon Musk has a similar proposal involving EV-only lanes, his scheme relies on a separate infrastructure consisting of highly expensive tunnels and vehicle elevators, a scheme that relies on existing infrastructure and technology is much less expensive;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of Canada establish a public/private joint venture to undertake a pilot project in a major urban centre to create high speed, electric-vehicle-only transportation corridors similar to present-day carpool lanes where EVs would automatically operate in self-driving mode as soon as they enter these corridors, but could switch to manual once they leave;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that public investment fund the creation of the high-speed EV lanes and a research and development centre; and that private investment fund all R&D and manufacturing of such EVs.


Contact: Al Donnell


[1] “A Group of Prominent Scientists Says We Have Three Years to Save the Planet from Irreversible Destruction,” Business Insider, June 29, 2017. Among other things, the scientist recommend that by 2020 15% of all vehicles sold be electric.

[2] “Car Emissions and Global Warming,” Union of Concerned Scientists, 2010.

[3] “OPEC and Big Oil Thought they had 50 Years; At Best they have a Decade,” The Financial Post, August 2, 2017.

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