‘Time to act’
Concerned students call on province to subsidize electric vehicles
A group of environmentally conscious students is urging the province to offer incentives for Island motorists to drive electric vehicles.
The group, called Renewable Transport Prince Edward Island, wants the provincial government to encourage the ownership of electric vehicles through a rebate or subsidy, financial support for an electric charging infrastructure network and a public awareness campaign to help residents of P.E.I. understand the threat of climate change.
The group is calling on all Island politicians to sign a pledge committing to implement policies that would better P.E.I. and Canada.
“We believe that this is the time to act on this issue,’’ the group says in a statement.
“If we do nothing, climate change will drastically alter our way of life and the expense of that life.
The group says it has garnered the support of Green Party of P.E.I. leader Peter Bevan-Baker, Stratford-Kinlock MLA James Alyward and Rustico-Emerald MLA Brad Trivers. Both Alyward and Trivers are candidates for the P.E.I. PC leadership.
“All have expressed support for our proposals to implement a rebate for electric cars before taxes are applied,’’ says the group.
“Moreover, they have all stated that climate change and the environment are important issues facing this Island and that we must take action to stop it.’’
The group adds it is currently engaging with the provincial government on the matter.