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19:18, 25 Jan 2015  |  Français

Electric Vehicles

Why drive an electric vehicle (EV)?

  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Ideal for city use
  • Runs quietly
  • No more gas stations

The typical trip for a shared car is under 4 hours and under 40 kilometers. With a range of 120 to 140 kilometers per charge, the EV is ideal for this type of urban trip. And if you find yourself stuck in a city traffic jam, you’ll be reassured that you’re never wasting fuel.

Our first EV, VRTUCAR # 2200, is located at the World Exchange Plaza, 45 O’Connor Street, on parking level P1.

The Nissan LEAF

Called "innovative" and "well-executed", the LEAF offers:

  • Trip range of 120-140 kilometers when fully charged
  • Roomy, comfortable interior, good pickup
  • "Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians" system that emits noise from a speaker in the front of the car at speeds below 30 km/h
  • Cool technology of "CARWINGS" telematics
  • Five-star overall safety rating

Electric Vehicle Challenges

More than ever, members need to plan their route with an EV. The driving range is continuously displayed on the dashboard, but driving on the highway can significantly reduce the range of the vehicle - the opposite of a gasoline-powered car. Using the climate control system can also reduce the range. Selecting "ECO" mode will maximize the available range.

Electric Vehicles also have a special "Green Licence Plate" which allows one to drive in a High Occupancy Vehicle lanes (HOV) - usually reserved for buses, and cars with two or more passengers - even if there is only one person in the vehicle. There is an HOV lane in Ottawa going west to east, on Highway 417 in Kanata and more HOV lanes are planned.

With the price of gas continuing to climb and increasing concerns about the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment, the electric car, and especially the shared electric car, is a good idea now, and for the future.