Can you take an electric car through a car wash? Are these vehicles safe to drive in the rain? Will an electric car have enough power to get you up the steepest of hills?
As electric vehicle (EV) technology evolves and more charging stations are being installed throughout the province, the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is seeking to raise awareness about the technology and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Enlisting the help of Vancouver hero and former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden, BCAA has taken to the streets to launch its “evolve” initiative.
“Whether it’s to save money or reduce their carbon footprint, we recognize people are looking for more fuel efficient vehicle options and complete alternatives to gas-powered vehicles,” said a statement from Ken Cousin, automotive specialist and associate vice president of BCAA Road Assist. “But, electric vehicles are still new to British Columbians and we want to answer people’s questions and address common myths about EVs to help give people a better understanding of the technology and what it would be like to own and operate one.”
Recent data from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) found that 42 percent of its members would consider purchasing an electric vehicle for their next var. A BCAA Member Opinion Survey found that the price of gas is what’s spurring most interest drivers into considering the EV option.
As part of its EV initiative, BCAA’s automotive techs have been fully trained on EV technology and safety procedures to ensure they can properly assist EV drivers. EVs have also been added to BCAA’s fleet of vehicles. One EV will be used to provide roadside assistance within the Metro Vancouver area while another EV will be used for an employee car-share program.
“Using EVs in our business will allow us to collect driving data and feedback on EV issues from a diverse group of users,” said Cousin. “Our experience will also help us gain even more understanding of the service needs of these vehicles and what it’s like to own and operate an EV.”
BCAA has also installed EV charging stations at its Burnaby Service Centre which EV owners—Member or not—can use at no cost.
Watch Trevor Linden play taxi driver in BCAA’s electric vehicle:
For more information about BCAA’s evolve initiative on EVs, visit their EV website.
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