Plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles: CAA-Quebec invites the public to test-drive cars at the Quebec City Auto Show

Plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles: CAA-Quebec invites the public 
to test-drive cars at the Quebec City Auto Show 
QUEBEC CITY, March 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time at the Quebec 
Auto Show, CAA-Quebec, with the support of the Quebec Ministry of Natural 
Resources (known by its French abbreviation MRN), is offering visitors the 
opportunity to road-test a plug-in electric (PEV) or plug-in hybrid electric 
vehicle (PHEV) on a city route. Members of the public can try out the latest 
green vehicle models, and even get behind the wheel of cars that aren't yet on 
the market, such as the Ford Fusion Energi and smart fortwo electric drive. 
The Quebec City Auto Show officially opens this morning, with the Mayor of 
Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, and the Minister of Natural Resources Martine 
Ouellet, among other VIPs, in attendance. 
Contribution of the CCARQ and MRN
Supporting this CAA-Quebec initiative are the Corporation des concessionnaires 
d'automobiles de la régionale de Québec (CCARQ, the local chapter of the 
provincial automotive dealers' corporation), which is an organizer of the 
show, and the MRN, which is contributing financially. "The new government 
wants to make electrification of transportation a key component of its new 
energy policy," Minister Ouellet emphasizes, adding: "We believe that 
electrification of transportation is a project that holds promise for economic 
development as well as the enhancement of our environment and our quality of 
Demystifying the technology
To test-drive one of the vehicles, all visitors need to do is go to the 
Éco-Zone in the right-hand wing of the main hall of the Centre des foires. 
Specially trained personnel will accompany each driver for the road test after 
they register and their driver's licence has been checked. A vehicle will be 
assigned to them, and they will test-drive it along a 5.1km urban route, 
which combines city and highway driving conditions so drivers can fully 
appreciate the vehicle's overall behaviour. 
"PEVs and PHEVs are becoming increasingly common all around us," notes Sophie 
Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Assistant Vice President, Public and Government 
Relations. "They're in the news a lot, and people can get a good idea of their 
features from automotive columnists' reports, but it's not often that they get 
the chance to actually drive one. Today, we're inviting members of the public 
to get behind the wheel of an electric car, assess its driveability, and 
arrive at an informed opinion about this type of vehicle." 
Several models available
All of the best-known PEVs and PHEVs will be available to test-drive: the Ford 
Focus Electric, Ford C-MAX Energi, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-In, 
Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi and smart fortwo electric 
A huge success in Montreal
In January, at the Montreal International Auto Show, more than 1,700road 
tests took place, with some 3,400 people getting a chance to evaluate one of 
these vehicles. "Seeing so many people ask questions, for example about how 
the technology works, and how to use home charging stations, and being able to 
provide them with clear explanations is, for us, a guarantee of this 
activity's success," Ms. Gagnon concludes. 
Visitors to the CAA-Quebec stand in the Éco-Zone will also be able to enter 
for a chance to win the use of a PEV or PHEV for one year, plus installation 
of a home charging station and a set of winter tires, thanks to the 
contribution of the Corporation des concessionnaires automobiles du Québec 
(CCAQ), Leviton and Pirelli. That's one more reason to come and try out the 
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides 
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges toits 
1,210,000 members. 
Montreal Cédric Essiminy Public Relations Officer 514 861-7111,ext. 3210 
Cell.: 514717-4040 
Québec Philippe St-Pierre Communications Advisor 418 624-2424, ext. 2418 
Cell.: 418580-1633   
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