Montreal International Auto Show: CAA-Quebec offering test drives of electric
vehicles and launching an essential website
MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time in Canada, an
impressive fleet of plug-in electric (PEV) and plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles (PHEV) is being made available to the general public for free road
tests, as part of the 45(th) Montreal International Auto Show, from January 18
to 27, 2013. More than 10 vehicles will be available for road tests on a
course more than three kilometres long around the Palais des congrès.
In addition, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and CAA-Quebec are now
offering an online portal, electricvehicles.caa.ca to raise awareness of new
electric vehicle technology and to inform consumers not only about the models
available but also about government incentives, electrical charging, charging
station locations, and much more.
An important activity, with two Canadian firsts
CAA-Quebec's road tests, listed in the official Auto Show program, are made
possible by the involvement of the Show's organizers and the collaboration of
the Government of Quebec. CAA-Quebec has brought together the latest plug-in
electric and plug-in hybrid models, including two Canadian firsts: the Smart
Fortwo Electric Drive and the Ford Fusion Energi. Also on display are the
Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus Electric, Toyota
Prius Plug-In Hybrid and Chevrolet Volt.
"For an organization like CAA-Quebec, known for its neutrality and
objectivity, this type of activity fully reflects what we are and what our
mandate is," states Sophie Gagnon, Assistant Vice President, Public and
Government Relations, at CAA-Quebec. People need simply register at the booth
in the Hall Viger to try out a plug-in electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, and
guides will be there to answer their questions. Ms. Gagnon added: "Our goal is
simple: to provide clear, accurate and unbiased information. We want consumers
to benefit from our expertise in making fully informed choices about
sustainable mobility solutions that truly meet their needs. This activity is a
golden opportunity for visitors to the Show and for the general public."
Visitors to the Show can ask questions they may have to the staff on site,
especially about charging stations. "We tend to forget that an electric
vehicle doesn't come without a charging station, and there remains many
questions in this regard," admitted Pierre Beaudoin, Senior Director of
Technical Services at CAA-Quebec. "Charging methods, installation, operation,
range, and so on - we want the experience to be complete. After all, these
technologies are here to stay."
A vital online portal
In addition to the road tests, visitors stopping by the CAA-Quebec booth can
visit electricvehicles.caa.ca, the new website developed by the CAA in
collaboration with all its member clubs. This site is intended as a reference
on hybrid and electric vehicles for all Canadians who want to know more about
them. "Our research has found that the public is sorely lacking in information
on these new technologies, and this shortcoming is holding back their
adoption, which is how we got the idea of creating an information portal,"
explains Jeff Walker, the CAA's Vice President of Public Affairs (See the news
release titled CAA survey: Quebecers are among the most likely to consider
buying an electric vehicle).
The site contains a goldmine of information, such as a map showing the
locations of charging stations across the country, as well as the hybrid,
plug-in hybrid and electric models available in Canada, the full range of
government incentives available in the user's province of residence, and a
calculator for comparing the costs of using a traditional vehicle vs. a hybrid
or electric vehicle. "People often have the impression that a hybrid or
electric vehicle costs more, but after comparing fuel consumption and adding
government incentives, it is clear that this isn't necessarily true," Mr.
For a lucky winner: everything needed to travel electrically for two years
Everyone visiting CAA-Quebec's ecological mobility booth on the 7(th) floor
will be offered a chance to win free rental of a plug-in electric or plug-in
hybrid vehicle for two years, installation of a home charging station and a
set of winter tires. "The winner and other household members will be able to
see how easy it is to use and charge an electric vehicle and to notice the
large amounts saved in fuel costs," Ms. Gagnon notes. This contest is made
possible by the collaboration of the Corporation des concessionnaires
d'automobiles du Québec (CCAQ) and of Pirelli and Leviton.
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