If you were at the Mall today (Saturday, May 28) you might have wondered what was happening in the Parking Lot – it was the “Electric Vehicle and Sustainability Event”. Many electric vehicles were there ranging from KIAs to Teslas to the new Ford Mustang recently acquired by the Police. The event was jointly staged by the EV Society (Northumberland Chapter) and Sustainable Cobourg and was opened by Mayor John Henderson. You could take a test drive of one of four electric vehicles provided by “PlugnDrive” and many owners had their cars open for inspection or you could sit in them. There was not a big crowd but I spotted several people in earnest conversations with owners – a good way to learn the real facts.
The event was organized jointly by David Kuhnke, Chapter Lead of the local EV Society and Gigi Ludorf-Weaver of Sustainable Cobourg but other participants included Lakefront Utilities, Plug ‘n Drive, Northumberland County, some dealers (although not as many as were invited) and individual electric car owners. The event was scheduled to run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with opening speeches at 10:30 by Mayor John Henderson, David and Gigi (photo). The local MP and MPP were expected at noon. Mayor Henderson pointed to Council’s recent setup of an ad hoc committee to provide Council with input on what should be done in Cobourg for zero-emission vehicles. He urged interested people to apply to join that committee.
David said that this event was the EV-Society’s first open event (post-covid) and he hoped it would be annual.
Also on display was the recently acquired Police electric vehicle – an all-electric 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Since there is currently no fully electric vehicle authorized for front-line policing in Ontario, the all electric Mustang will be used for community work so it is painted with an anti-bullying theme. Separately, Police already have a Chevy Volt in their administrative fleet and the Police Board have approved the hybrid Ford Interceptor for regular police usage. One is on order and should be received soon.
- EV Society (Northumberland Chapter)
- Sustainable Cobourg
- Plug ‘n Drive
- Town of Cobourg Advisory Committees – Look for “Zero Emission Ad Hoc Committee” which has the mandate to “assist the Town of Cobourg in researching how the Town could successfully transition Town operated vehicles to a zero-emission platform, in an effective, effectual, and positive manner.” Applications are now being accepted.
- Cobourg Calendar Featured Events – One of many places this event was publicised.