A “one-stop-shop” for electric vehicles: Plug’n Drive’s new EV Discovery Centre

Anthony Capkun
May 23, 2017
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PHOTO (from left): Jeffrey Lyash, Ontario Power Generation; Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro; Glen Murray, Ontario Minister; Cara Clairman, Plug’n Drive; David Collie, Electrical Safety Authority; Don MacKinnon, Power Workers’ Union; Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power; Raymond Chun, TD Insurance. Photo courtesy Plug’n Drive.
PHOTO (from left): Jeffrey Lyash, Ontario Power Generation; Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro; Glen Murray, Ontario Minister; Cara Clairman, Plug’n Drive; David Collie, Electrical Safety Authority; Don MacKinnon, Power Workers’ Union; Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power; Raymond Chun, TD Insurance. Photo courtesy Plug’n Drive.
May 23, 2017 - “The EV Discovery Centre will serve as an EV hub for consumers throughout Ontario and for visitors from around the world,” said Cara Clairman, president & CEO of Plug’n Drive, on the occasion of the official opening of the Plug’n Drive EVDC in northern Toronto.

“We are providing a one-stop-shop where consumers can explore and test-drive the latest EV models alongside charging solutions at home and on the road,” added Clairman.

According to Plug’n Drive, this is the world’s first experiential learning facility dedicated to EV education and awareness, and is “completely free for consumers”.

Located at 1126 Finch Avenue West in North York, the centre features:

• Indoor showcase of the latest EV models and charging stations from leading manufacturers.
• Toronto Hydro-powered public charging stations in the test-drive zone.
• PWU-sponsored interactive digital displays to engage consumers on EV technology, Ontario’s electricity sector, climate change and other related topics.
• The OPG Power Place training facility for corporate and stakeholder engagement events for up to 100 people.
• Bruce Power coffee bar.
• TD Zone offering information on financing and insurance options.

The centre is a public-private partnership between Plug’n Drive, the Province of Ontario, TD Bank Group, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Power Workers’ Union (PWU), Toronto Hydro and Bruce Power.

The EVDC provides visitors “with the knowledge they need to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase”; after visitors have expressed interest, the EVDC refers them to an EV-certified dealership in their area.

PHOTO (from left): Jeffrey Lyash, Ontario Power Generation; Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro; Glen Murray, Ontario Minister; Cara Clairman, Plug’n Drive; David Collie, Electrical Safety Authority; Don MacKinnon, Power Workers’ Union; Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power; Raymond Chun, TD Insurance. Photo courtesy Plug’n Drive.

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