(Electric vehicle charging stations/Research Co.)

A large number of British Columbians would consider getting a zero emissions electric vehicle in the future, according to a recent survey.

The poll conducted by Research Co. found that 51% of BC residents who drive their own vehicles are “very likely” or “moderately likely” to make sure that the next vehicle they purchase will be electric.

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That number jumps to 52% on Vancouver Island and 55% in Metro Vancouver, while only 43% of Fraser Valley, 40% of Southern BC, and 37% of Northern BC residents agree.

“There are some significant regional differences when the concerns of potential electric vehicle owners are analyzed,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co.

“More than a third of drivers who reside in Southern BC (35%) and Northern BC (45%) claim they lack places to charge electric vehicles, compared to just 20% among those who live in Metro Vancouver.”

(Research Co.)

Other factors making it less likely for drivers to consider zero emissions vehicles include how expensive the cars themselves are, and a fear of being stranded in a place where there aren’t any charging stations.

In their climate action plan earlier this year, the BC government announced that all light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province must be zero-emissions by 2040.

According to the Research Co. survey, nearly half of British Columbians – 49% – believe that this goal is achievable.