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Vancouver Auto Show: A Wide Variety of EVs on Display – But That’s Just Part of the Story

Vancouver Auto Show: A Wide Variety of EVs on Display – But That’s Just Part of the Story

March 6, 2019

By Blair Qualey
Published by Postmedia, March 8

The Vancouver International Auto Show returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre, March 19th through 24th. For those who want to view a wide variety of advanced technology electric vehicles, the event is the place to be, as the world’s leading auto manufacturers display their latest products, including those not yet in dealer showrooms.

The expanded Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre will provide an opportunity for visitors to test-drive and learn more about this important, and growing consumer option through its test drive experience, presented by CEVforBC™ and charged up by FLO. In total, the test-driving selection of 36 vehicles is the largest ever and many of the top-selling brands will be available including the Tesla Model-3, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chrysler Pacifica, VW e-golf, Toyota Prius-Prime and Lexus VHX.

This year, all show attendees will also have the opportunity to enter to win the grand prize vehicle – an all new 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, courtesy of your BC Chevrolet Dealers.

On a per capita basis, BC is a leader in EV adoption, accounting for the sale of approximately 8,400 zero emission vehicles in 2018. Incentive programs like CEVforBC™ have played a big part in making EVs more affordable for British Columbians. Since the Program was established in April of 2015, almost 11,000 incentive transactions have been taken place – more than half of those in the last calendar year.

Of course, the Auto Show is about so much more than what’s new or what’s next on the EV front. The event will include a number of features that will be sure to turn heads. As an example: the famed and heavily modified 1965 notchback Mustang, otherwise known as the Hoonicorn Mustang, will be on display for the first time anywhere in Canada; the Canadian made and designed Felino Supercar will make its Western Canadian debut, and; the Vancouver Auto Show will also mark the first appearance in Western Canada for the McLaren Senna, considered to be one of the most widely anticipated supercars of 2019.

Another feature that is sure to capture the attention of Show-goers will be the Genesis Essentia Concept Car. For the nostalgic, the first new Toyota Supra to be produced in North America in 21-years will be on display. And making its first-ever appearance at this year’s event will be Bumblebee – one of eight VW Bugs used in the Transformer movie franchise of the same name.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. 2019 Auto Show offerings will include a who’s who of the luxury and exotic classes. There will be an ode to the past with some of finest original and restored vintage automobiles you will find anywhere under one roof. Add to that, a wide array of sports cars, pick-up trucks, sedans, supercars, classics and specialty one-off creations. There will truly be something for everyone.

For more information about the Vancouver Auto Show test drives, visit here.

For more information about the Auto Show and to purchase tickets, please visit here.

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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