Hybrid vehicle tour spotlights energy-efficient transportation

Minister Paula Biggar (centre) with Jesse Hitchcock (left), Patricia Gaudet, and Mike Proud of efficiencyPEI.

efficiencyPEI will take a plug-in hybrid car to communities across the province to show why electric and hybrid vehicles are a perfect energy-efficient solution for Prince Edward Island.

The tour will begin Monday, July 24 – for a complete schedule of stops visit efficiencyPEI on Facebook, Twitter, or Prince Edward Island Events. Islanders in each community can see the vehicle, win prizes, and ask questions about electric vehicles (EVs), cost-saving rebates, and energy efficiency.

“Transportation will play a key role in meeting Prince Edward Island’s energy and climate-change goals since it makes up the largest percentage of our greenhouse gas emissions at 42 per cent,” Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar said.

“Our province’s new energy strategy created a transportation committee that is looking at ways to better integrate electric vehicles into our infrastructure, which will reduce our fuel consumption and our footprint on the environment.”

Islanders drive an average of 41 kilometres each day. Meanwhile, electric vehicles can travel up to 400 kms and plug-in hybrids can travel up to 85 kms before needing to be recharged, making them well suited for the daily driving habits of most Islanders.

After each stop on the tour, efficiencyPEI will share a summary of the trip outlining the communities and charging stations that were visited. It will also share how the hybrid vehicle performed in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle.

Since home heating is another contributor to Prince Edward Island’s greenhouse gas emissions, the tour will also highlight how efficiencyPEI helps Islanders conserve energy, reduce their environmental impact, and save money on their utility bills.

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