Photos: Charged Up festival raises awareness of electric vehicles in Calgary

Rows of electric vehicles and tents set up at the Charged Up eclectic vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Speaking directly to the current discussion about climate change in Calgary, the Charged Up festival brought future electric vehicle drivers into direct contact with owners on June 5th.

The battery of electric cars, trucks, bikes and motorcycles were on hand to help form a positive public opinion about the future of electric vehicles in the city.

The festival, held at Riverside Plaza in the East Village next to Bow Cycle E-Bikes, allowed owners to answer questions about what it’s like to use electric vehicles for driving everyday and for work.

“It’s a great place to come and explore and ask questions and find out what the facts are,” said Greg Gillette, event coordinator with the Charged Up festival.

“It’s oil and gas country here, so it’s a little harder to sell, and there are, I think, myths and misconceptions and misconceptions about electric vehicles,” he said. -he declares.

A number of companies large and small were in attendance, which currently use everything from electric smart cars to bespoke international trucks as part of their day-to-day business.

Gillette, who is also managing director of Calgary-based GoElectric, said the work aspect of electric vehicles has been a missed opportunity for manufacturers so far.

Electric vehicles have a bit less range, but if you’re a plumber or an electrician or something, and you drive a known range in Calgary, they’re very cheap to run,” he said.

Electric vehicles save a company thousands of euros a year

Chad McKinley, who runs Mayland Appliance Repairs, is a Calgary business owner who made the switch from gas to electric.

He discovered that his F150 was costing him between $1,200 and $1,300 in fuel per month, towards the end of 2021.

“I was like ‘OK, we have to change that,'” he said.

McKinley has turned a Chevy Bolt into a mobile repair vehicle, which he says suits his needs perfectly. He removed the rear seats and installed tool boxes in their place. He now uses a trailer instead of the F150 flatbed to transport devices for repair or installation.

“Some people like it, for sustainability and environmental reasons. Really for me it was just financial. It made a lot of sense to avoid that gas cost,” he said.

McKinley acknowledged that in some situations long distances can be tricky, but for regular city use, there’s no range issue. He said on a recent call for refrigeration in Edmonton, he had to make a 45-minute stop in Red Deer to quickly reload.

“There are challenges, but most of the time I don’t see any,” he said.

Not just four-wheeled vehicles

Bird was also on hand to show off its recent e-bike additions to its existing fleet of motorized scooters for rent.

The Canadian company has been authorized to add 100 bikes to the city, in addition to the 750 scooters it currently has.

Calgary market manager Tyler Zech said the bikes would be widely deployed around the city’s waterways and bike paths.

He said e-bikes are another way to provide consumers with mobility options around the city.

“Scooters have been a very efficient way for people to get around the city, whether it’s for commuting or just for fun,” he said.

“Now with bikes, it just opens the door for people who would rather ride bikes than scooters.”

Zech said they added the bikes after receiving considerable demand from their customers.

Photos from the Charged Up Festival

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Rows of electric vehicles and tents set up at the Charged Up Electric Vehicle Festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Chad McKinley of Mayland Appliances showed off his converted Chevy Bolt all-electric work vehicle at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. McKinley said it saved his company more than $1,000 dollars each month in fuel costs. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Enmax’s all-electric work truck at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Enmax has production numbers two and three of International’s all-electric work trucks. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An electric smart car with an example of a charging station at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An electrified BMW Isetta at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A 1972 Volkswagen Squareback converted to electric at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The vehicle was converted after needing an engine change, and the owner wanted to make it more eco-friendly. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Voltswagon, a converted electric Volkswagen Beetle at the Charged Up Electric Vehicle Festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
One of Tesla’s first-generation sports cars, one of only four in town, was on display at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A Tesla Model S with a Tesla children’s electric car at the Charged Up electric vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
One of the new Bird e-bikes now available for rent in Calgary, at the Charged Up eclectic vehicle festival in the East Village on Saturday, June 4, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS/FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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