THUNDER BAY – The Electric Vehicle Association of Northern Ontario (EVANO) has gathered electric vehicle drivers from all over the region to give the public a chance to come and see them and ask questions about what it's really like to own an EV up north.
One of the organizers from EVANO, Laura Mason, says that their goal is to help people get their questions answered and to potentially get them to adopt EV ownership sooner rather than later.
“So, we find that, you know, people are nervous about things that they don't know, don't understand, have lots of questions about,” she said. “So, when you get to actually speak to someone who's been driving an EV for two-to-three-to-five years, then you can get a sense of whether or not it's really feasible for your life.”
Ken Shields, another organizer with EVANO, says that it was a life goal of his for the past ten years to get off petroleum.
“Finally, a vehicle fit our lifestyle,” he said. “So, we like to camp, we like to be able to go like 400 kilometres to visit our family. So, once the vehicle like that was available, we went for it and it's been amazing, we just did a 4000 kilometre trip on like $200 with no issues other than a pesky flat tire.”
Along with the electric vehicle show, the event also featured a Family Bike Swap hosted by Community Spokes where residents could bring in their bikes for a quick tune up, diagnostic session, DIY repair support, or to trade it in.