Thousands of Edmontonians turned out to see, experience and learn about the world of electric vehicles firsthand at the Edmonton EV and Hydrogen Vehicle Expo held this past weekend at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
With the help of a financial contribution from Natural Resources Canada, the Expo was designed to introduce Edmontonians who may be unfamiliar with electric vehicles to a wide range of zero emission mobility options. In addition to electric cars, e-bikes and e-scooters, the City also took the opportunity to unveil its new hydrogen bus which will join the fleet soon alongside our battery electric buses.
“Judging from the turnout of almost 6,000 people, we can tell there is a lot of interest in learning more about zero emission vehicles," said Chandra Tomaras, Director of Environment and Climate Resilience.
In addition to test drives and education sessions with industry experts, having the members of the Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta as well as Tesla Owners Club of Alberta bring their vehicles and share their expertise, was one of the highlights of the Expo. Conversations with EV owners allow people to ask practical questions and learn from their experience.
The other great aspect of this show was the focus for newcomers to Canada, who were able to discover the pros, cons, myths and facts around zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) through translation services provided by Empower Me. Through this, we were able to show that there are ZEVs for every income level—with cars ranging from the Chevy Bolt EV to Porsche Taycan EV, as well as a growing used ZEV market.”