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POLL: 10 per cent of local poll respondents 'very likely' to buy an electric vehicle

Only 340 out of 3,384 confirmed local respondents said they would be very likely to invest in an EV next
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With electric vehicles are gaining popularity in Canada and the U.S., SooToday got to thinking about how many Saultites are interested in making an EV their next automobile of choice.

According to Statistics Canada, 54,353, or 3.5 per cent of new vehicles registered in Canada were EVs in the third quarter of 2020.

So we posed the question: How likely are you to purchase or lease an electric vehicle next?

While 52 per cent of voters are very unlikely to invest in an electric vehicle the next time they go car shopping, a total of 18 per cent of Saultites who took our poll say they are either likely or very likely to lease or purchase an EV next.

A minor boom in EVs may be on the horizon for the Sault.

The breakdown was as follows:

  • 340 (10 per cent of) respondents voted very likely
  • 279 (Eight per cent of) respondents voted likely
  • 675 (20 per cent of) respondents voted unlikely
  • 1,762 (52 per cent of) respondents voted very unlikely
  • 328 (10 per cent of) respondents voted not sure

A total of 3,384 confirmed local votes were cast in the poll. This poll had a 1.65 per cent margin of error, 19 times out of 20.

SooToday's polling system allows for the capture of relevant local data and gives us the ability to detect and prevent fraudulent votes, as well as detect and prevent robots and filter out non-local duplicate votes.