Third Annual Electric Vehicle Showcase
EV Day 2016 was the third successful installment of Ottawa’s electric vehicle showcase. The event drew large crowds to Sparks Street Mall to talk with electric vehicle owners, meet with industry insiders and test drive an EV for themselves. Over the course of the day an estimated 4000 people visited booths, checked out the electric vehicles on display and went for test drives.
Support for EV Day is consistent with the direction that Ottawa has been taking for years. “Ottawa has been recognized by several organizations, including Corporate Knights, as being one of the most sustainable cities in Canada.” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Support for electric cars fits perfectly into this vision. Working in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada will allow us to build on this competitive advantage, attracting visitors and investors to our city.”
Members of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa showcased 30 cars on Sparks Street and gave EV Day visitors the inside scoop on EV ownership. Having the chance to speak one on one with an EV owner is a great opportunity to hear real stories about their experience.
Our event partner Plug’n Drive facilitated free test drives of 6 different models of electric vehicles including the Ford C-Max Energi, the Chevrolet Volt, and the BMW i3. Over 80 visitors experienced EVs first hand by taking them for a spin around Ottawa’s downtown core. Survey results showed that 95% of test drivers were more likely to buy an EV after the test drive.
It was the most exciting EV Day Ottawa yet with the recent news that the Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan is investing up to $227 million in electric vehicle incentives. The investment includes $20 million in public charging infrastructure which means Ontario will be seeing the implementation of 500 additional chargers within the next two years. The provincial incentives to buy electric remain high with up to $14,000 off the price of an EV. The incentive program also includes discounts on home charging stations (up to 50%)as well as free overnight at home charging.
“Ontario is onboard and ready to support EVs,” said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, himself an owner of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. “We have increased financial incentives for home owners and are continuing to fund the home installation of EV chargers. We are also installing almost 500 new EV stations across the province by next year – including 19 stations here in Ottawa! We are committed to working with local groups across the province to continue raising awareness and increasing ownership.”
The increased support for alternative transportation in Ontario is bringing electric vehicles to the center stage. A huge thank you to our sponsors for the event including Hydro Ottawa, Kia on Hunt Club, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, SecCharge, Siemens, Windmill, and VRTUCAR.
We look forward to bringing EV Day Ottawa 2017 to Sparks Street next year.
View the full EV Day Ottawa 2016 Photo Gallery here.