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Electric cars finish continent-wide rally in Summerside

SUMMERSIDE – As he rolled out of the Holland College parking lot on Water Street Friday, Kent Rathwell flashed a victory sign for the cameras.

He certainly had a lot to celebrate.

Last year, his company, Sun Country Highway, completed the longest system of high performance electric vehicle charging stations in the world.

Then on Friday, his company pulled off what they called the longest electric vehicle rally ever.

The event was called the E-mazing Race and it culminated on the Summerside waterfront with a little more than a dozen electric vehicles of every make and model

Rathwell told a crowd at the Holland College Waterfront Campus that it was a sweet sight to see all those cars lined up.

“Wow, the pressure is off now,” he laughed during his remarks to the crowd.

“One of the things we set out to do across Canada in the last year and half was to create the world’s most reliable charging network.

“Even in the electric vehicle realm they said we were crazy, you couldn’t do it, and you couldn’t do it without government money,” he said.

Well, who’s crazy now, he asked.

Rathwell is the president of Sun Country Highway, a company that makes high performance electric vehicle charging stations.

The company has spent the last several years working on installing their charging systems, for free, at various stops along the Trans Canada Highway and succeed in going coast to coast in 2012.

Thanks to their work it is possible for anyone with a modern electric car or truck to go right from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador to Victoria, British Columbia, without having to worry too much about having to settle for a less efficient, more time consuming, charging option.

The company also recently signed a deal with Summerside to install 40 of their charging systems here in exchange for green credits produced by the city’s wind farm.

The E-mazing Race was all about promoting and testing out their system of charging stations, said Rathwell.
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