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Electric Mobility Canada hosted the EV2017 Conference and Trade Show at the Hilton Toronto in Markham, Ontario recently. The event kicked off with a public ride and drive, which featured vehicles from a variety of OEMs.

Vehicles available during the ride and drive included: BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid,Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, Kia Soul EV, Kia Optima PHEV, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, and Volkswagen eGolf.

“Being part of the EV/VÉ Conference and Trade Show was a great way to showcase Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid amongst other green-focused vehicles, especially the unique benefits it offers,” said Ken Tuckey, Sr Manager - National Fleet, FCA Canada. “As the industry’s first plug-in hybrid electric minivan, Pacifica Hybrid is unique in the marketplace when it comes to offering the versatility fleets need, with the fuel economy they want.”

The conference also featured general and technical sessions that highlighted the many aspects of the electric vehicle landscape. Sessions included Tomorrow’s e-Mobility, which featured speakers from OEMs, insurance, municipal government and the automotive industry.

“The EV2017 show was a great introduction into the world of EV’s. Not only was there much discussion on the present state of the industry, but also genuine insight into the future of EVs in Canada. It is obvious that the time to add EVs to the fleet is now, and that the future will be ever more electric,” said Thomas Tetzlaff, Manager of Media Relations, Volkswagen Canada.

As well a Government-Industry Summit featured The Honourable Steven Del Duca, the Ontario Minister of Transportation, Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada Company, and Joni Paiva, President, Nissan Canada, who all shared their vision for the future of electric mobility.

“In order to maintain our position as a leading global manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz Vans must look to the future and invest in developing new sustainable drive systems. Among them are electric vans for short-range distribution that are being developed by the global Future Transportation Team – an ideal delivery solution for parcel delivery companies," said Nicolette Lambrechts, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Vans. "The Electric Mobility Canada conference provided us with an opportunity to join the discussion surrounding the rapidly evolving automotive landscape. Representatives from Mercedes-Benz Canada attended conference workshops that provided valuable insights into the development of electric vehicle charging stations, commercial fleets, city planning and hydro infrastructure in Canada. All of these are critical components that will serve to inform the strategic development of Mercedes-Benz Vans product portfolio in Canada.”

Christine Clew, Nissan Canada, with Nissan LEAF.

David Murphy, Mitsubishi Motors of Canada, with a charging station.

Havelaar Bison EV.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Kia Soul EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Tesla Model S (front) and Tesla Model X.

VW eGolf.

BMW i3.

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