I remember when they were banned in Ontario too. My father was a bit worried about his 50 km commute into Ottawa. The increase in salting that went along with the stud ban ate through the floor of our late-model VW within a year. I vividly recall seeing the road for the few days we had to drive it with a Flintstones floor. Snakes and ladders. We need trains to commute on — nothing, not studs or salt or ploughing or AWD or ABS or airbags or even AI will ever make high-speed rubber-tired driving on snowy, icy roads safe.
Good to know about these tires. I would have bought a set if they had appeared when we still lived in frozen Edmonton, Alberta; we won’t be needing them in the largely snowless Mediterranean climate of Victoria, British Columbia (thank goodness). It’s funny that as a nation, we are both bigger buyers, per capita, of high-end performance cars, *and* more likely to buy smaller, more economical cars on average than Americans: the top-selling new *cars* (not including more-popular pickups and SUVs) in Canada as of 2019 were the Civic, Corolla, Elantra, Mazda 3, and Golf, in that order (https://local-insurance.ca/insurance-company-ontario/best-selling-cars-canada). In the US, they were the Camry, Civic, Corolla, and Accord (https://www.statista.com/statistics/276419/best-selling-cars-in-the-united-states/). In Canada, the more-expensive Camry and Accord were in 8th and 10th place respectively. That tells you a lot about thrifty Canadian buying habits at the volume end of the market. Lower prices, lower taxes, and lower interest rates, traditionally, on the US side of the border have made Camrys and Accords much more popular there. Of course, what both countries do have in common is that Ford F-series pickups are the top-selling *vehicles*, period (https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/08/pickup-trucks-dominate-americas-10-best-selling-vehicles-of-2020.htm...), and have been for the last decade (workarounds that dodge or even subvert passenger-safety standards and fuel-mileage requirements have artificially inflated the pickup market). The more-lucrative truck and SUV lines now dominate new sales, with cars quickly fading from the market except at its highest (think AMG, M, R series) and lowest (Chevy Spark, Hyundai Accent) ends... Anyway, here’s to the all-Canadian premium sedan habit, and the new tires that will support it through (y)our evil winters!
That depends on where in Canada. On Canada’s relatively compact west coast, with just over 10% of the country’s population living without major snow or deep cold events for most of the year, a market of around 4 million people is buying loads of BEVs with generous B.C. government subsidies. Up in the B.C. interior and back east across the Rockies on the Prairies (what you call the High Plains), not so much — except maybe as urban commuters/runabouts in the few big cities. Wherever there is real winter and long distances, BEVs are much less attractive, as you say, and need heavy subsidies to sell. BEV sales are brisk in Quebec thanks to subsidies there. Unfortunately, these are Hood Robin subsidies (take from the poor and give to the rich), because only people with a fair amount of money can afford the premium for BEVs even after subsidies.