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Electric Mobility Canada Presents Sixth annual EV2014VÉ Conference and Trade Show

Electric Mobility Canada Presents Sixth annual EV2014VÉ Conference and Trade Show

September 22, 2014

Electric vehicles are becoming a more regular site on British Columbia’s roadways.

That’s largely because the vehicles, which use electric or traction motors for propulsion, are becoming increasingly accessible to everyday drivers.

Evolving technology is part of the reason, which is helping to bring down the price of some electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, to name just a couple of makes and models now sold here in Canada. The lower prices are also the result of growing competition in the electric vehicle market.

There are also an expanding number of electric vehicle charging stations situated around the province, which is keep electric vehicle drivers charged up and on the move.

Although they represent only a small fraction of the approximately 1.7 million automobiles sold in Canada last year, electric vehicle sales are breaking records in the country. In 2013, about 3,000 electric vehicles were sold, which is about a 50-per-cent increase from 2012, according to Green Car Reports. So far this year, electric vehicle sales appear to be outpacing last year’s numbers, according to various reports.

The slow, but steady growth in electric vehicle sales is expected to attract more people and attention to the industry’s annual event in Vancouver. Organized by Electric Mobility Canada, the sixth annual EV2014VÉ Conference and Trade Show will take place this October 28 to 30 at the Sheraton Wall Centre. The event will feature more than 60 speakers and 450 delegates from across Canada, the U.S. and overseas, including key leaders from the automobile industry, academics and government officials.

The goal of the event each year is to help promote and realize electric vehicles as a sustainable solution for transportation in Canada, especially in urban centres where they make the most sense. The theme for this year’s conference is “ElectriCITIES – Move Electric,” which will focus on how electric transport contributes to the creation of so-called “Liveable Cities.”

EV2014VÉ will be of particular interest to those supplying, operating or planning to market or operate battery, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid or fuel cell electric vehicles in Canada, according to the conference organizers. The three-day event will include plenary and technical sessions and feature the electric vehicle technology including some of the latest battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles.

What’s more, it will feature the “Ride and Drive” event on Sunday, October 26 and Monday, October 27, where delegates and the general public will get a chance to view and test drive electric vehicles.

If you’ve always been curious about electric vehicles, and especially if you’re never take one for a spin, I highly recommend checking out EV2014VÉ and the Ride and Drive program in particular. The experience may just surprise – or even electrify you!

For more information on Electric Mobility Canada and its EV2014VÉ event, please visit: http://emc-mec.ca

Blair Qualey is President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. You can email him at bqualey@newcardealers.ca.

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