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“It’s better than it used to be”: waiting for the electric car to improve

“It’s better than it used to be”: waiting for the electric car to improve

While car promoters promise a shorter lead time to get an electric car, Quebecers are still unclear as to when their new car will be delivered.

“You have to understand that in terms of availability, it’s better than it was. There are people who still think it’s a 2-3 year wait, but that’s not true. In most cases, it takes less to wait,” says Luke Saumur, promoter of the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show. from a year.

Luke Saumur is the promoter of the sixth edition of the Montreal Electric Car Show at Olympic Stadium, April 22, 2023. Photo Audrey Robitaille

Photo by Audrey Robitaille

Luke Saumur is the promoter of the sixth edition of the Montreal Electric Car Show at Olympic Stadium, April 22, 2023. Photo Audrey Robitaille

The sixth edition of the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show, which takes place from April 21-23 at the Olympic Stadium, attracts several thousand curious visitors every year. Some of them are looking for their next car, while others have come to learn about the latest technology.

“People often book 5-6 cars at the same time, to make sure they have one. Once the first car is ready, they cancel their other reservations, leaving room for others. So we expect the wait to be shorter next year,” explains Mr. Sommor.

He adds that last year, 55% of electric vehicles sold were delivered in less than 12 months.

cars waiting

Many visitors to the exhibition met before register Complain about being late.

“It’s a shame that you have to wait so long because the technology will advance so quickly in the two years that you wait, and you will end up with a car that is no longer there,” laments Serge Cousino, of Longueuil.

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Despite the delays, the septuagenarian is eager to begin his transition to electricity. He’s considering settling on the Kia EV6, the electric SUV that’s so popular for its affordability.

“It’s at least two years to wait for this model, but we have no other choice. If you want to make the transition, you have to take a number and wait, ”breathes Bernard Poisevino, who recently booked a Kia.

Sylvain Parenteau visited the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show at the Olympic Stadium on April 22, 2023. Photo Audrey Robitaille

Photo by Audrey Robitaille

Sylvain Parenteau visited the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show at the Olympic Stadium on April 22, 2023. Photo Audrey Robitaille

This car manufacturer isn’t the only company that has long lead times for its cars. Sylvain Parenteau, of Quebec, paid a deposit over 12 months ago for his dream SUV, the VinFast VF8.

“The delays were a little longer than expected, but the delivery boat is on its way! We know the cars are coming,” he says, happy with his choice.

Family choice

Electric cars seem to excite young and old, as all age groups were present at the Montreal Electric Car Show on Saturday.

Julien Chaumont and Laurence Le Guillou are considering moving to electric soon, despite the wait times. They came to see the different cars with their three children.

“It’s part of our plans. Of course, since we’re not going to buy right away, we’re not really worried about waiting. That may have changed by the time we’re ready to buy,” said the father of the family.

The family took advantage of the salon for information, but did not forget to enjoy it. The kids were able to try out the vehicles their parents wanted, to their delight.

“We tried Lucid, we really liked it!” The elder replies with a big smile.

The Montreal Electric Vehicle Show will welcome visitors for the last time on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., before closing for its sixth edition.