Thursday, 4 January 2018

FORD MOTOR CO. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally kisses the hood of the new Ford Focus Electric upon its introduction at the International Consumer Electronics Show Friday.

Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press

Electric cars are coming to Canada and the country isn’t ready for them, an industry group warns.

Electric Mobility Canada warns in a position paper Canada needs a relatively modest $79 million over the next two years to start setting the technical standards and building the infrastructure needed for that revolution.

Electric car advocates say without that kind of action, Canada will lose its chance to cash in on an environmental revolution.

“This is a huge opportunity for us,” said Stoney Creek-based consultant Stephen Bieda. “This kind of clean technology is huge in its potential for jobs.”

Bieda, a former board member of Electric Mobility, met Friday with Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Wayne Marston in an effort to line up support from Opposition MPs to nudge the Harper government into making the right decisions....

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