You can’t go a day without a new headline telling you about all the ways electric cars and (eventually) autonomous cars will change our society, our way or life and (hopefully) our planet. While sales of EVs continue to increase, they still represent a small piece of the pie and aren’t that commonly used by the general population. I had never been in one until I drove a Chevy Bolt this past spring.
I borrowed the Bolt for a week to write a review for CAA Magazine, and prior to picking it up from GM Canada, started researching the locations for charging stations and options for how to charge it at home. In doing my research, I got the idea to make a video for caamagazine.ca that would explain how to charge an EV, decode the different levels of charging stations and talke about what options are available throughout the GTA.
I figured if I didn’t know about this stuff, there must be other people out there who were wondering the same thing.
Once I got the gist of it, charging turned out to be really straightforward, but it did force me to think differently about distances and changed my driving routine. Manufacturers like GM recommend plugging your EV in every night to top it up. So after I parked the Bolt in my garage each evening, got the kids out of their car seats and lugged the day’s gear into the house, I went back to the garage to plug the car into a wall outlet. It only added one more step at the end of the day, but it was one I never wanted to forget (or skip).
The adoption of EVs continues to grow
Starting next year, Quebec is implementing legislation that requires automakers to make—and—sell a certain percentage of zero emission vehicles. Volvo is also leading the charge with its bold promise to have an all-electric fleet by 2020.
It’s clear that no one wants to kill the electric car. And after driving one for a week, I’d definitely consider myself a future customer.