Do you want to see what the future of automobiles looks like? Pop on down to 2nd Avenue & Victoria Street this Saturday for a peek.
The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) has arranged for 3 electric vehicles (EVs) to be part of the Hot Nite in the City car show this Saturday, August 9th. A Nissan Leaf, a Smart Electric Drive, and, what Consumer Reports magazine called “the best car it has ever tested”, the much-admired Tesla Model S, will be featured.
“We want to let the people of Kamloops have a close look at these amazing cars,” explained Gisela Ruckert, owner of the Smart car and vice-chair of the Chapter. “Electric vehicles are already superior to internal combustion engines in many ways. Kamloops has a few EVs on the road now, and these three offer a really good showcase of the range available – everything from the diminutive and inexpensive Smart to the top-of-the line luxury Tesla Model S.”
BCSEA organizers are especially thrilled to have a Tesla Model S in the show, considered by car-lovers everywhere as one of the most exciting models on the road today. The Model S is the only car ever to have garnered 99 out of a possible 100 points in a Consumer Reports car test. The car’s owner, Paul Carter from Vancouver, graciously agreed to bring his car up for the show. When asked what he likes best about the Model S, he replied, “I love the quick acceleration, exceptionally smooth ride, comfort, and the beautiful design inside and out. I wish I had purchased it earlier!”
All three cars featured are pure plug-in electrics, unlike a Toyota Prius, which is a hybrid of gas and electric. The pure electrics don’t have gas tanks, spark plugs, or exhaust pipes, which helps explain their ultra-low running and maintenance costs. “Tire rotations and wiper blade replacements are really all you need to look after. The only thing to ‘fill up’ in this car is windshield washer fluid!” jokes Carter.
“When considering the purchase of an electric, you really need to do a life-cycle cost analysis. You pay more up front, but when you do the math, you’ll likely save money over the life of the car,” says Ruckert. “Plus, you’re not putting out greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Best of all, though,” says Ruckert with a grin, “I haven’t been to a gas station since I bought the car!”
While EVs work well for many, there are still some challenges. The range provided by batteries is generally less than what can be provided by a tank of gas, and charge time needs to be built into road trip planning.
Learn more about the exciting world of EVs by visiting the BCSEA spot near 2nd & Victoria at Hot Nite in the City this Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. A big thank-you to Hot Nite organizers for including us in the show!