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Why advocates say Canada needs to rev up its electric car adoption


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When Judy Goodwin wanted to test drive an electric car, she didn’t head to a dealership. Instead, she went to a non-profit facility in north Toronto called Plug’n Drive.

“They’re hard to come by,” she said of electric vehicles (EVs). “My sister tried to buy one and she couldn’t find one that was available.”

Not only does Plug’n Drive have a showroom where people can test drive zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), its staff are also trained ambassadors who will answer questions about how to charge the vehicles, their range and their costs.

“We have found that over and over again, just that experience of trying it is what convinces people,” said Cara Clairman, the CEO of Plug’n Drive, which seeks to accelerate the adoption of EVs in Canada.

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