Cara Clairman isn’t going to let Ontario’s recent decision to end electric-vehicle rebates get in the way of her goal to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by encouraging Canadians to get behind the wheel of an EV. With more than 25 years in the sustainability, energy and environmental fields, the 53-year-old founder and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a 10-year-old Toronto-based showroom that lets consumers test-drive electric vehicles, has reason to be optimistic. The non-profit program, which educates both consumers and dealerships on the benefits of EVs, has attracted corporate sponsorship, and will likely be expanded to other jurisdictions, said Clairman.
She said the organization provides a model for other cities around the globe — including London, England, and Portland, Ore., — which opened similar EV centres. Plug’n Drive also hopes to expand to Vancouver by next spring.
“The industry wants it,” Clairman said. “Originally, most of our support came from the electricity sector. Now we have really great support from the automakers, and they very much would like to see us in Vancouver.”