Event, featuring cars and presentations by industry experts, will take place Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Orillia Square mall
A huge shift in personal transportation has been predicted by experts for some time – and it’s here now!
Driven by many factors, including the desire of many vehicle owners to reduce pollution and carbon emissions, the trend towards electric vehicles (EV’s) is here to stay. This is particularly so as electric vehicles become more economically viable.
There’s lots to learn about electric vehicles, and the lack of knowledge and familiarity can create hesitation among consumers to take the EV plunge. It can also be a challenge sourcing information on what vehicles are available, knowing what questions to ask, and where to look for an EV purchase.
To help answer those questions, Sustainable Orillia and Bentall GreenOak have collaborated to showcase the world of electric vehicles with an Electric Vehicle Demo Weekend this coming Saturday Sept. 11 and Sunday Sept. 12 at the Orillia Square mall.
A variety of makes and models of electric vehicles will be on display in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Members of the public are invited to come, see the cars, and speak with EV owners who will help demystify the world of electric vehicles while sharing the pros and cons of electric vehicle ownership from their real-world point of view.
Some of our local dealers will be on-hand with their vehicles, as well. A must-see for sports car enthusiasts is the new Ford Mach E Mustang. This fully electric Mustang is the feature car for the weekend.
Enhancing the experience, located inside the mall, there will be free, half-hour presentations given by industry experts, including:
- Darryl Croft from EVNet, President of an on-line EV-only used car dealership who will speak on the topic of what to look for and how to go about buying a used electric vehicle.
- Ken Bokor, a well-known host and industry expert from the popular You Tube and Podcast “EV Revolution Show.” Ken will talk about the merits of electric vehicles and industry trends.
- Jeff Butler from the international on-line journal “Plug Boats,” will be on hand to highlight the trends and news about electric boats around the world, in particular, the growing trend towards electrification of all types of watercrafts.
- And from the Waterloo region, Ian Graham, the owner of an off-the-grid recording studio, ‘Small Dog Studio,’ will be speaking about his real-life experience of going “off-grid” and how to power your lifestyle with clean renewable energy. In addition to operating his recording studio, Ian also owns and operates an electric vehicle and an electric boat.
These half-hour talks will be in person with a Q&A after each session. Most topics will be scheduled several times over the weekend to ensure every opportunity to attend as COVID protocols for social distancing will be enforced and numbers will be limited for each of these presentations. Click here for details on times and location.
This EV weekend is the kick-off event for Sustainable Orillia Month and throughout the following week at the Orillia Square mall there will be a continuing program of sustainability-related events.
These include an exhibition of art created and submitted on sustainable themes, ongoing EV and Sustainable Orillia information desks, and, to close off the week, a Repair Café on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All of these can be found inside the mall.
Date and Times: Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days.
Location: Orillia Square mall (1029 Brodie Dr, Severn ON L3V 0V2). Look for the EV Demo in the parking lot next to the Dollar Tree as you enter the mall. Use the main entrance to the mall for inside events Saturday and Sunday and to find the information desks during the week.
For more information (details and schedules), go to the Sustainable Orillia Month page on the Sustainable Orillia website, at www.sustainableorillia.ca.
Current COVID protocols will be strictly adhered to at the time of the event and may include mandatory social distancing, wearing of masks and hand sanitizing.