Innovation Heroes: Electric vehicles and the road to the future
Season 2, Episode 4
We’ve known for a long time that gas-powered vehicles are not a sustainable path for the transportation industry. But switching to electric is going to take a huge amount of change from businesses, government, and consumers. With so many roadblocks in the way — from costs, to implementation, to infrastructure — we need some big thinkers to pave the way to a greener future.
In this episode of Innovation Heroes, Peter Bean speaks to an expert about the hurdles left to overcome in electric vehicle (EV) adoption and how innovators are helping to make feasible solutions a reality.
Keegan Tully is the Director of Business Development at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the largest energy creator in Ontario and the General Manager of the Ivy Charging Network, a company leading the way in the shift to EVs. He thinks we need to overhaul the cultural conception of how EVs can fit into our lives — because not only are they better for the environment; they can also make our lives easier.
“User experience is one of the hardest things for prospective EV buyers to wrap their minds around,” Tully says. “They’re so used to working in this gasoline space where you have to go to a centralized location to get your fueling. But the reality with EVs is that the fuel source is already at your home. That really changes the dynamic.”
Listen now to hear how the electrification of the transportation sector is helping Ontario to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.