Inspiring EV Adoption In Canada

Via EV Obsession:

Getting back to the “Electrifying Transport” panel I moderated during the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum, this next presentation comes from Eve Hou. “Eve has been an air quality and climate change planner for over a decade in Canada and the United States,” the Renewable Cities site summarizes. “She currently works for Metro Vancouver on a broad range of issues ranging from electric vehicles to home energy labelling. She holds a Master’s degree in planning and an undergraduate degree in economics, both from the University of British Columbia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the local chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association. Eve is a registered professional planner.”

Eve’s presentation focused on a British Columbia campaign called “emotive.” Check it out here and then my summary:

Reinforcing the focus of my introduction to the panel, Eve noted that their research found electric vehicle awareness to be very low. 47% of Canadians weren’t aware of electric vehicles… at all, not to mention specific models. Also, unsurprisingly, people buy cars based on emotions.

On the plus side, their research found that the driving experience mattered most for car buyers, and as you all should know very well by now, one of the huge benefits of electric cars is the driving experience. In fact, I’ve argued that may be the #1 thing that drives the EV revolution.

In response to a question about what EV owners loved most about their vehicles, over 50% said “the power and performance,” 30% answered “the quietness of it,” and “only 11% said the social and environmental values,” as Eve summarized.

Research also found that the most persuasive messengers about EVs and their benefits are current EV owners (i.e., not people whose paid job it is to market electric cars).

Here’s a wonderful video created for the emotive campaign.

For previous presentations from this panel, see:

Electrifying Transport (Video #1)

Electrifying Copenhagen, & Providing A Complete Transport Network

How Cities Can Advance EV Adoption — Palo Alto Example

Electrifying Canada’s Transport

s shared before, below is the audio of the full panel if you want to hear the full panel right now and just want to listen. Otherwise, I’ll continue writing about each of the presentations in the coming days. Also, btw, you can download slides from most of the Renewable Cities presentations here if you are interested in diving deeper into the conference.


Zachary Shahan

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.