Plug’n Drive Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre
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.