The electric car and hybrid and climate change


Premier Kathleen Wynne’s action plan for tackling climate change will have an impact on the way every single Ontarian consumes energy, and today we are are going to look at how we can reach it through transportation.

The hybrid and electric cars are not popular yet in Sault Ste. Marie but it is a way that some are tackling climate change.

Highland Ford even has a charging station that any make of electric or hybrid car can plug in.

They have sold around two dozen in the past two years locally and have a few on the lot.

“We’re leap and bounds past our competitors,” said Jordan Gregorini, a fleet specialist at Highland Ford.

And he pushes aside skepticism about these cars concerning the environment of Northern Ontario: “they operate better in the cold than our competitors and better when it’s too hot out.” This is because Ford pre-conditions their batteries.

Gregorini says, even though there is a small number of people in the Sault that have an electric or hybrid, “they are pretty advanced, when it comes to technology.”

And Ford’s research and development crew has to work hard to please them.

“They’re really connected to their cars,” says Gregorini about these buyers. “Ford sees that connection and how they embrace that technology.”

Getting in one, you see right away they need for understanding that technology.

This dash image on the right shows how efficient the driver has been with their braking, accelerating and so on.
This dash image on the right shows how efficient the driver has been with their braking, accelerating and so on.
The green vine on the right shows how energy consious the driver has been who has been using the vehicle.
The green vine on the right shows how energy conscious the driver has been who has been using the vehicle.
This dash image shows exactly how the power is being used or conserved in the car.
This dash image shows exactly how the power is being used or conserved in the car.

They’ve hired Geek Squad that will come to your house to install the quick charge 220 volt outlet even though these cars can be charged with any 120 volt outlet, it’s just a bit slower.

“Focus Electric is the number one selling series in North America,” Gregorini said.

Using your cell phone, you have the capability of seeing before your drive, your power consumption and usage, “so you’re never left in the dark,” Gregorini said.

You can also set up charge times so you are not charging your car at peak PUC times of the day. Just plug it in and turn it on with your phone whenever you want.

And these charging stations are universal and work across all brands of electric or hybrid cars.



  1. To answer your question, no this was not a paid advertorial. The Tesla EV is not sold in town and after calling around, Ford seemed to be doing the best. Please comment if you contest this.

  2. Will the batteries in used electric cars hold a full charge and not crap out in half the distance that new batteries would?

  3. This news item reads like Ford paid for it as there are several mistruths.

    First an Electric Vehicle (EV) does not have an engine (ice).
    A plug-in-hybrid can run either in Electric-only mode or off its ice, but its battery is small so the (Electric-only) e-range is much shorter than an EV.

    Ford sells both types, but prefers to sell vehicles that have an ice as those are the most profitable (ice break down and need repairs as well as regular maintenance = Cha-Ching$).

    Ford does not sell many of its Focus Electric (EVs) for several reasons: Ford never has liked selling EVs, the Focus only has Level-2 (220VAC, L2) & L1 charging, thus is far behind all the other EVs out on the market that have Level-3 20 minute charging (Ford has not made an effort to keep up).

    That does not mean the Focus EV is a bad choice, but you have to know what your driving needs are, what other EVs are for sale at what price, their capabilities and resale value.

    Using one of the several free web/app tools “plugin” drivers use, , I see there are four locations showing L2 charging available. This limits an EVs ability to venture out an enjoy their EV ride. Use plugshare to see what public charging is in your area or where you need to drive.

    Here is the mentioned dealership’s plugshare listing as an example:
    Highland Ford
    EV Plug (J1772)
    68 Great Northern Rd Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 4Y8, Canada

    The j1772 is a L2 standard that all EVs and plug-in-hybrids use. It handshakes with the “plugin” vehicles, providing AC power to the vehicle’s on-board charger (yea, that is confusing because the thing/box you are plugging in from is also called a charger, but it is actually only providing L2 220VAC or L1 120VAC).

    Plug-in-hybrids over come the lack of public charging by using their ice, like a gas car would. This is not all bad, as some driver’s reactive needs are better suited with a plug-in-hybrid, or if their area’s weather conditions can get severe, or their area’s lack of public charging does not let them get to the next charging point.

    Driving an EV is so pleasurable, it is addictive. Some plug-in-hybrid drivers love driving in e-mode so much they make an extra effort to charge as often as possible.

    Ford Energi line of plug-in-hybrids are what their sales rep sell the most of. They sell few Focus EVs. If you can not wait for the 200 mile range GM Bolt coming out at the end of the year, or later the 200 mile Tesla Model 3, there are Nissan Leaf dealerships selling used EVs at a lower price, see


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