As the world celebrated Earth Day and powered down for an hour last Saturday, Humber’s week-long environmentalist celebrations kicked in and Wednesday afternoon brought the arrival of green rides.
Plug ‘N Drive, a non-profit organization, brought four electric and hybrid cars to Lakeshore campus as part of their campaign, among several others with the intention of educating the public about the importance of green energy. As part of the day’s showcase stood a Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Bolt, BMW i3 and a Nissan Leaf shimmering in the sun as the representatives showed them off and several students and staff lined up for test drives.
While driving electric cars has environmental benefits, the four cars on show were also equipped with attractive interiors. They were updated with the latest technology, which includes a seven-inch touch screen that allows for advanced navigation, blind spot detection, automated lane and parking assistance along with a full situation analysis allowing the driver to practically drive the car without really having to drive it at all.
The vehicles also come with a push-button start as well as a parking system that eliminates hand brakes found in regular cars, making room for accessible drawers allowing better placement and charging of phones and other electronic devices.
Under a tiny tent suited for a sunny day, visitors were educated about how the cars functioned and how much battery charge they need. It turns out, the vehicles can travel about 200 kms on a full battery.
Akhil Scaria, a Humber Global Business Management student who drove the Chevrolet Volt – a hybrid that automatically shifts to fuel transmission upon using up its battery – said, “The car was very smooth as there was practically no sound. I only have a problem with the interiors being a little cramped.”
As electric cars need more awareness to become popular, Plug ‘N Drive is also setting up a centre at Finch Avenue and Dufferin Street in North York, where people can come in for more information and test-drive the vehicles.