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.
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.