Auto Show is plugged into electric cars

Electric propulsion cars like the new Chevrolet Bolt (shown) will be available for test drives at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow that runs from Feb. 17-26.

By Wheels.ca Wheels.ca

Feb 14, 2017 2 min. read

Article was updated 7 years ago

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Visitors to the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow (Feb. 17-26) will be able to learn about EV 
technology and speak to manufacturers while exploring “Electric Avenue” on the 800 pre-function
 level of the South Building.

They’ll also be able to try out the technology themselves during complimentary test drives offered through Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles to maximize their environmental and economic benefits.

They can sign up for test drives in the main lobby of the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and then take an electric vehicle out for a spin from Internal Street, which runs
immediately behind the lobby into the real world streets of Toronto.

EVs from several manufacturers will be available to test drive. Among them will be BMW’s i3, Chevrolet’s Volt and Bolt EV, Nissan’s LEAF and Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV. Curious drivers will also get to see how they will access and operate charging stations both at home and on the road.

Test rides will be offered every day during the 10-day show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., aside from opening day when test rides will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Anyone over the age of 21 with a ticket to the AutoShow and a valid permanent driver’s licence

Lexus will have a fascinating display on Electric Avenue to illustrate its LF-FC concept fuel technology.

In addition to profiling a range of currently available electric vehicles from
manufactures such as BMW, Chevrolet, Smart, Hyundai and Kia among others, Electric
Avenue will also play host to the unique Swiss-built Rinspeed Oasis
autonomous/electric concept car.

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Car shoppers looking to go green and clean will also be pleased to find the AutoShow’s newest rest stop – the Earth Cafe and Lounge – right next to Electric Avenue.

Here is where you can recharge your own personal batteries with a wide range of healthy organic and fair trade snack, drink and lunch options, ranging from kale shakes to organic fair trade coffees to quinoa and kale salads.

Please visit autoshow.ca for more information.

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