Dear Editor:

So, Fortis has installed a couple of largely taxpayer-funded electric-vehicle charging stations at the airport. 

From the news release, taxpayers are on the hook for $450,000 of the $600,000 total.  This of course is on top of the taxpayer subsidies shelled out by various levels of government for the purchase of the vehicle (between $3,000-$10,000 and more). 

Then of course, because these vehicles pay no road tax, or other taxes which go into government coffers to pay for roads and other things, this constitutes a further subsidy by other taxpayers — hard to pin down exactly how much, but about $0.35/litre is the current taxation from all levels of government. 

The article says that each charge should last 300-400 km. One has to wonder under what conditions that estimate is made.  Last winter, in Chicago, EV owners found their charge lasted as few as 25 miles. Now we don’t get the same frigid temperatures they experienced, but it is safe to assume the upper limit is a sales promo and not real-world averages.

Electrical engineers tell us that a 20-30 minute “fast charge” does not totally “top up” EV batteries. They really need more than one hour.

But, the statement that is really rich that the $9 charging fee is “not really a fee for the electricity, but a fee for the half-hour of time.” Pardon. And, given Fortis’s costs are but $150,000, which they hope to recoup in 10 years, that $9/charge (er, “time') works out to about 1,667 times per year. 

And that doesn’t begin to pay back the taxpayers who forked out 75% of the original cost nor the wear and tear on the roads and other taxpayer-funded necessary expenses over those 10 years. 

Then, of course, must be added the taxpayer costs for the next eight “time” stations Fortis will be installing in the region — at a further cost to taxpayers of $1.8 million!