Grand River CarShare Launches Its First Electric Vehicle In The Region

By: KW Now! Local News
| Published 10/17/2012

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Grand River CarShare, Waterloo Region’s non-profit carsharing co-operative, has launched its first electric vehicle, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The vehicle was purchased in part with a $15,000 grant from the Region of Waterloo’s Community Environmental Fund.

“Through the support of the Community Environmental Fund, Grand River CarShare can continue to bring innovation to sustainable transportation in Waterloo Region,” said Jason Hammond, president. “Many people have been waiting to see how electric vehicles might fit into their lives; now that experience is available through CarShare.”

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is charged with a level-two charging station (full charge in 7 hours), installed at the Region of Waterloo Administration Building. The vehicle has a range of up to 155 kilometres on a single charge. For CarShare members, this is more than enough to meet most of their needs, as 80 per cent of trips made on the CarShare vehicle previously stationed at the Region of Waterloo were 50kms or less. The i-MiEV excels at in-town trips, with a fuel mileage equivalency of 1.9L/100kms in the city.

Grand River CarShare’s i-MiEV is also bullfrog powered with 100% green electricity. This means that Bullfrog Power injects carbon-free green power onto the Ontario grid to match the amount of electricity the co-op uses (including at the co-op’s office). All of the electricity injected on the co-op’s behalf is sourced exclusively from wind and low-impact hydro power producers who meet or exceed EcoLogo standards for renewable energy.

"By charging our i-MiEV with renewable electricity, CarShare members can reduce their impact more than ever before," Mr. Hammond said. “With this vehicle purchase, the co-op continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as CarShare members drive less and own fewer cars than the average citizen.”

Grand River CarShare provides access to 23 vehicles on a self-serve, pay-per-use basis to its 700 members in Waterloo Region and Hamilton. By filling in the gaps with occasional car use, the co-op helps support the use of greener transportation modes such as transit and cycling. Members reserve vehicles that are located across the service area at self-serve stations, often near home or work, and on transit routes. Overall, driving is reduced, helping members to improve their personal and financial health, while mitigating climate change and increasing neighbourhood vibrancy.

More information, including a location map and rates, can be found on the co-op’s website at link below: