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Organizers hope Electric Vehicle Show coming to Kamloops will ignite passion for planet

Last year's car show welcomed 60 guests, but organizers are hoping for a full house at the TRU Grand Hall this year.
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June 03, 2019 - 4:01 PM

KAMLOOPS - The second annual Electric Vehicle Show will be back to Kamloops later this month for those interested in making the switch from gasoline.

Kamloops Chapter of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office are working together to put on the show, according to a media release. The event will take place in the Grand Hall at the Campus Activity Centre at TRU on Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The vehicles will be on display outside in the Campus Commons.

The venue can accommodate 500 visitors, and the organizers are encouraging members of the community to register online for a spot. Registration will get you a seat at the talks, a veggie burger and your name in the draw to win an Opus electric bike.

Local dealers and electric vehicle owners will display plug-in electric vehicles from around the world. The event will feature electric cars from a large variety of brands such as Chevy, Kia, Nissan, Tesla and more.

Electric bikes will be on display from local businesses and will offer test drives.

Cheryl Kabloona of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association is hopeful that the event will entice members of the community to buy electric vehicles.

“Driving gasoline powered vehicles is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the province, and so we’re trying to shift people’s usage of vehicles over to electric. Electric is much, much lower in greenhouse gas emissions,” Kabloona explains. “They’re less expensive to operate, they drive better, they’re just better cars.”

There will be speakers from local dealerships as well as Brock Nanson, a Kamloops resident who owns two electric vehicles and has extensive knowledge of the benefits of driving without the need for gasoline.

Kabloona notes that the organizers are still seeking out more privately owned electric cars to show the public.

“We’re still in the process of recruiting people to show their cars, and even been talking to dealers in Kamloops and we’ll be getting the word out to electric vehicle owners here that we would like them to show their privately owned cars as well,” she explains.

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