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On the Road with Plug N’ Drive

The time has come. The future is here! The automotive industry is starting to make changes and take the necessary steps towards going green. With the rise and fall of gas prices over the years, it’s no wonder that the demand for electric vehicles has gone through the roof. Consumers no longer want to have to stop at a gas station to fuel up. Am I right ladies …or am I right? Who likes spending through the nose on gas let alone smelling like a mechanic after fueling up? Having easy access to an electrical outlet somehow seems more appealing than standing outside in -20 degree weather, taking in gas fumes only to shell out cash that could be better spent on shoes. More importantly this is a much cleaner way to travel and has little to no effect on the environment. This week I was on the road with Plug’N Drive!

The go-to EV folks!

The go-to EV folks!

Plug’N Drive is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of electric cars – also known as EV’s (Electric Vehicles). They are the go-to folks when looking at getting more information about EVs especially in the Ontario region. Today they are trying to spread awareness Canada-wide on the benefits to going green and choosing an EV over a gas or diesel vehicle.

Plug’n Drive is the perfect vehicle for city dwellers. A full charge will give you approximately 140KM. At first I thought the car would be very slow but the Nissan Leaf definitely had some pep to it.

Plug’N Drive together with CAA has developed a map complete with publicly accessible charging stations across Canada. There are 2,000 stations at over 1,200 locations with more being added each month. Curious where these chargers are around the city? Visit: caa.ca/evstations to see!

Another myth which I believed to be true about EVs is that they are expensive – FALSE. The gouvernment actually has a rebate ranging anywhere from $2,500 to $8,500. These cars are also less expensive to fix and maintain. Think about it – no fuel, no oil changes, no hassle of all of the mechanical failing features that come with a gas fueled vehicle. And at only an average of $2.83* per 100KM, it’s no wonder why people are starting to think green and go electric. This is quite less when compared to $13.91 for a mid-sized vehicle or $18.10 for a truck.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

There’s something about driving an electrical car that makes you feel more modern and less guilty in harming the environment. I found it extremely easy to drive. Complete with a Bose stereo system, my cute silver blue Nissan Leaf took me all around the city without costing me a penny in fuel. With the driving I did, I only had to plug it in once. The car even has a radius map that tells you where you can and can’t go when it comes to distance and the amount of power you have left. Forget it Niagara Falls….but I did however make it to the IKEA in Etobicoke! These are the cars of the future and the future looks green!

Plug’n Drive will be at the Green Living Show from March 27-29 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. Be sure to check them out at the show. They are lovely knowledgeable and passionate people. If ever you’ve been interested in learning more about this fascinating technology – the time is now. Follow them on Twitter: @PlugN_Drive for the latest social developments on EVs.

 

Enter to WIN!

Enter to WIN!

 

The Green living Show is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to living a happier healthier lifestyle. It is by far my favourite consumer show to attend. Be sure to bring lots of money because you will want to spend spend spend! Hey – you might even become convinced to try out an electric vehicle!

IT’S CONTEST TIME AGAIN!
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Here’s what you have to do:
Tell us what you do to live a greener lifestyle. Comment below!
*Winner must claim prize at the Green Living Show (March 27-29, 2015) at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre

Discussion

3 Responses to “On the Road with Plug N’ Drive”

  1. I don’t buy air fresheners. Instead, I soak a cotton ball with an essential oil (my fave is lavender) and hide it in the corner of the room.

    Posted by lizzysdarcy (@lizzysdarcy) | March 16, 2015, 4:03 pm
  2. I recycle, compost, and use a re-useable water bottle for on the go.

    Posted by Nicole Jubleew | March 16, 2015, 5:19 pm
  3. About 25% of the food we eat is organic now, and about 10% is locally grown. We also use green cleaner throughout the house, and locally produced beauty products.

    Posted by colleen | March 17, 2015, 1:07 pm

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