Calgary, AB – The 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.
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. 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 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.