MOBILE ELECTRIC VEHICLE SHOWCASE ROLLING THROUGH SOUTHERN ALBERTA
he Peaks to Prairies Electric Vehicle (EV) Network has launched an innovative outreach program, bringing the experience of driving and experiencing an EV to communities throughout southern Alberta. In a loaded up Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV), the outreach team will travel to community events large and small to talk about the opportunity of electric transportation, how to charge an EV, and will even offer test drives of the Outlander PHEV. This engagement program complements the fast charging infrastructure component of the Peaks to Prairies EV Network, currently ongoing throughout southern Alberta.
The traveling EV Showcase will join 30 community events in Southern Alberta, from Calgary to Waterton, Medicine Hat to Crowsnest Pass. See fast facts below for some upcoming events.
This project is made possible by a collaboration between Peaks to Prairies and Platinum Mitsubishi in Calgary. Ben Maitland, Platinum Mitsubishi said, “Mitsubishi Motors research shows that awareness of EVs and plug-in hybrids is still relatively low. We understand that often folks, especially in rural areas, haven’t had the chance to experience what it’s like to drive an EV or ask questions about charging. As the world’s top-selling plug-in hybrid, Outlander PHEV showcases that an electric vehicle can fit your life today from affordability, utility as an SUV, multiple ways to charge and ease of use in electric or gas. With new charging infrastructure and a new federal EV incentive; it’s the right time for Albertans to consider an EV or plug-in hybrid and this program helps them to find out more.”
Rajko Pavic, the Peaks to Prairies Outreach Coordinator, is looking forward to visiting communities in Southern Alberta, including Calgary, Medicine Hat and many of the communities where Peaks to Prairies EV Charging Stations will be sited, “The biggest opportunity in moving the needle on EV adoption and charging station usage is to get out into communities, let folks interact with an EV and a demo charger, and answer all their basic questions about the technology and the project. I anticipate a lot of “aha” moments when people get in the Outlander plug-in hybrid and drive it around for themselves!”
Peaks to Prairies is a community-driven, collaborative initiative that was developed by Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance, SouthGrow Regional Initiative, The City of Calgary, City of Lethbridge, City of Medicine Hat and Medicine Hat College. The purpose of the initiative is to establish an EV charging network across southern Alberta, connecting communities from Crowsnest Pass to Medicine Hat, Pincher Creek to Calgary, and west to Canmore. The full network will see 20 DCFC and Level 2 co-located stations installed by the end of 2019, resulting in over 1,100kms of highway connected for EV travel. The network will facilitate travel to and within the region, positioning southern Alberta communities to benefit from increased electric vehicle tourism.
Of their partnership with Mitsubishi, Peaks to Prairies Communications Lead, Jennifer Grebeldinger noted: “The Outlander PHEV is a great vehicle to have for this outreach project in Southern Alberta; it is the only plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with fast-charging capacity, has AWD in full electric and high clearance and of course has a fully electric motor to give drivers incredible mileage and cost savings. For many people in rural areas, they will see the benefit of having gas back-up, too.”
The 2-year, $2.2 million project is funded by Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance, SouthGrow Regional Initiative, The City of Calgary, City of Lethbridge, City of Medicine Hat and Medicine Hat College in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. The project is facilitated by the Community Energy Association.
For more information visit https://peakstoprairies.ca/
- DC fast charging stations allow a vehicle to charge from 20% to 80% in approximately 30 minutes. Level 2 charging stations take four to six hours for an 80% charge.
- The charging stations will be powered with the equivalent of 100% renewable energy sourced locally.
- The federal government launched its zero-emission vehicle incentive on May 1st which provides Canadians with up to $5,000 off the purchase of an eligible electric vehicle. For more information visit canada.ca/zero-emission-vehicles.
- August events include: Claresholm Fair Days, Lethbridge Wednesday Market, Calgary Farmer’s Market, Longview Music & Arts Festival, Taber Cornfest, Pincher Creek Corn Fest, Drive Electric Innovation Medicine Hat and BBQ on the Bow.