Plug’n Drive Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre

NOVO - - NEWS - by Suave Ka­jko

Does

the idea of jump­ing be­hind the wheel of an elec­tric ve­hi­cle get you as ex­cited as a kid in a candy store? As sales of elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs) con­tinue to grow at an in­creas­ing rate, there is no ques­tion that our driv­ing-fu­ture will be elec­tri­fied. As of Jan­uary 2017, there were over 30,000 EVs on the road in Canada, ac­cord­ing to www. fleet­carma.com. This num­ber in­cludes both bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cles (BEVs) and plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cles (PHEVs). The top three po­si­tions for BEVs in Canada were the Nis­san Leaf (5,470 to­tal ve­hi­cles sold), Tesla Model S (5,453 to­tal ve­hi­cles sold) and Tesla Model X (1,404 to­tal ve­hi­cles sold). Canada is not ex­actly a leader in the adop­tion of EVs, but hope­fully that will con­tinue to change with im­proved con­sumer aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion.

The re­cently opened EV Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre in Toronto, fo­cused on pro­vid­ing an ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for EVs, is the first fa­cil­ity of its kind in the world. In­side, vis­i­tors can learn about the en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of EVs and their role in re­duc­ing green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions. Bet­ter still, you can also test drive EV mod­els from sev­eral lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers in a fam­ily-friendly, no-pres­sure en­vi­ron­ment and dis­cover how an EV can fit into your life. EVs avail­able for test drives in­clude the BMW i3, Chevro­let BOLT, Chevro­let VOLT, Ford C-Max En­ergi and Nis­san LEAF. In­side the show­room, you will also find the Tesla Model S and Mit­subishi i-MiEV, along with sev­eral brands of charg­ers. The EV Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre does not sell EVs, in­stead in­ter­ested buy­ers will be re­ferred to their lo­cal car deal­er­ships. If you’re cu­ri­ous about elec­tric ve­hi­cles or think­ing about buy­ing one, this is the first place you should visit.

There are many rea­sons for choos­ing an EV to be your next ve­hi­cle. One of the lead­ing rea­sons is the re­duc­tion of GHG emis­sions. In On­tario, trans­porta­tion is the largest con­tribut­ing source to GHG emis­sions, and a statis­tic that has been grow­ing steadily for the past decade. EVs for per­sonal trans­porta­tion can help to re­duce GHG emis­sions dra­mat­i­cally, es­pe­cially in a prov­ince like On­tario since we rely on lowemit­ting elec­tric­ity sup­ply made up mostly of hy­dro and nu­clear power. Equally im­por­tant rea­sons for switch­ing to an elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­clude gas sav­ings, as well as a po­ten­tially lower fre­quency and cost of main­te­nance, due to the fact that EVs have far fewer mov­ing parts than a gas pow­ered ve­hi­cle.

Through a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tives, the On­tario govern­ment hopes to ex­pand EV sales to 5 per cent of all new ve­hi­cles sold by 2020. These in­clude pur­chase in­cen­tives for EVs and charg­ing sta­tions, the green li­cense plate pro­gram and the in­stal­la­tion of a pub­lic charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

So what are you wait­ing for? Slip into a comfy pair of driv­ing shoes and check out the EV Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre in Toronto to­day. They are lo­cated at 1126 Finch Ave. West, North York, ON M3J 3J6 (near Duf­ferin and Finch), and open 6 days a week (Tues­day through Sun­day). For more info, please visit https://plugn­drive.ca/elec­tric-ve­hi­cledis­cov­ery-cen­tre.

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