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Canada: Cross-country electric vehicle tour comes to Charlottetown

In 1912, Thomas Wilby took the first cross-country tour of Canada in a car.

Fifty years later, in 1962, another national tour was taken, this time to commemorate the opening of the Trans-Canada Highway.

In 2012, a Saskatoon-based organization is out to put a positive charge into the automotive industry.

Sun Country Highway, a group committed to leading the electric vehicle movement across Canada, made a stop at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown on Thursday as part of its own cross-country tour called The World’s Longest/Greenest Highway Project to promote its electric vehicle-charging stations set up across Canada.

The stop featured three electric vehicles: a Chevrolet Volt, a Tesla Model S sedan and a Tesla Roadster convertible.

The tour has been well received so far, says Sun Country Highway president and founder Kent Rathwell.

“It’s really invigorating to see how empowered people get, and they’re shocked that the infrastructure is in already,” he said.

Sun Country Highway has set up a level two charging station, which supplies a similar amount of power to what an electric dryer or oven uses, every 100 to 200 kilometres along the Trans-Canada Highway. There are currently 10 charging stations set up in communities across Prince Edward Island.

The Model S starts at $57,000, while the Roadster starts at $119,000.

More said infrastructure is the biggest challenge facing the emergence of electric vehicles.

“People aren’t buying the cars because there’s no infrastructure, it’s really that simple. There’s no infrastructure like ours in the world.”

The tour started in St. John’s, NL, and the group took a container of water from the Atlantic Ocean, which they plan to dump into the Pacific Ocean when their tour wraps up in Victoria, B.C. on Dec. 21.



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