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EAC and Next Ride provide opportunity for public to test out EVs

Both electric vehicles and electric bikes will be available to test drive
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The Ecology Action Centre has partnered with the Clean Foundation’s Next Ride program to allow Haligonians to come to test the future of transportation. 

Climate Policy Coordinator for Sustainable Transportation with the EAC, Thomas Arnason McNeil, says the event is an excellent opportunity for Nova Scotians to test out this technology and see how it can meet their needs. 

The goal, Arnason McNeil says, is to reduce the wait times for electric vehicles and make EVs cheaper and more accessible for the public. 

Arnason McNeil says while it may seem as though individuals will initially save more purchasing a vehicle with a combustible engine, down the road, the savings on maintenance and gas, coupled with the up to $8,000 in rebates from the government, will save potential buyers more money.

Electric cars aside, the event also allows participants to test out e-bikes. 

The best way for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint, Arnason McNeil says, “is to get out from behind the wheel of a car."

"You know, engage in active transportation, including cycling, and e-bikes are a great way to encourage that," he says.

He points out there are also rebates for e-bikes, and they provide an easy method for navigating the steep landscape of Halifax. 

Representatives from the Next Ride program will be on-site to answer any questions about the specifics of electric vehicles and bikes. 

The event will take place at the Ecology Action Centre at 2705 Fern Lane on Sunday, August 7th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tyler Dunne

About the Author: Tyler Dunne

Tyler is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador but has lived all over the country. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, including surfing, camping and paddle boarding, spending time with his partner and cat, and watching the NFL.
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