Vancouver’s Best Places is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2018 ElectraFest event showcasing electric vehicles at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
It’s a free event and there are cool things to see!
ElectraFest 2019 at the Roundhouse
Celebrating its 24rd anniversary on Saturday, August 24th, ElectraFest is Metro Vancouver’s only electric mobility and related sustainable technology product showcase. The event is free to attend and features electric vehicle (EV) dealerships, automakers, parts makers and installers who exhibit their products and services.
When and Where
In 2018 the event took place on Saturday, August 18, from 10 am until 4 pm.In previous years the event has taken place at Concord Pacific Place near BC Place Stadium. In 2018, however, it happened at the Roundhouse Community Centre which is located at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown.
In 2019, the event will take place on August 24, 2019 at the Roundhouse.
ElectraFest Displays and Activities
ElectraFest is an event that showcases electric cars and related products and technologies. It’s put on by the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) and offers a number of things to do and see.
Vintage Electric Vehicle Display
That’s right – electric cars aren’t a brand new invention! At ElectraFest 2018 there was a 1912 Detroit Electric Vehicle to admire and learn about!
There was also be a Tesla Model X as well as a couple of vehicles built by local schools (one by a university and another by a high school).
Free Test Drives and Passenger Opportunities
At the event you can sign up to test drive any one of a number of different electric vehicles. Curious to learn more about the Nissan Leaf, the Chevrolet Volt or some other electric automobile? Then this is your chance!
There are electric bicycles you can test out too!
Electric Vehicle Technology Exhibits
A number of local businesses in the electric vehicle, clean energy and other sustainability industries have information booths where you can learn about their products and the latest EV and other sustainable technologies.
See further below for the list of 2018 exhibitors.
There are also family-friendly activities at ElectraFest to entertain the children. There is a drop-in gym happening indoors at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Vancouver’s Science World is also on site with a hands-on kid-friendly exhibit.
EV Information Sessions
If you want to learn more about Electric Vehicles, or you just love tech things, there will be a number of information sessions at ElectraFest where you can learn about EV policies, market trends and details about the latest in technology.
At the event there are vehicle displays, eBike exhibitors, electric car dealers and other industry-related exhibitors.
Vehicle displays in 2018 included an exhibit from SFU Team Phantom, a Canadian Cancer Society Tesla Model X, a Delta Secondary High School dragster and a 1912 Detroit electric car
Electric bike exhibitors at ElectraFest 2018 included Hill Eater Bikes, Urban Machina, E-Prodigy Bikes, Vintage Iron E-Cycles, Pedego Electric Bikes Vancouver and Motorino Electric Cycles.
Electric Vehicle exhibitors at the event included the Dueck Auto Group, Electra Meccanica, Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience, Hyundai Canada, KIA North Shore, Metrotown Mitsubishi, Nissan Canada and Westwood Honda.
EV-related industry exhibitors in 2018 year included Cielo Electric, Electrum Charging Solutions, EV Rentals, FLO Energy, Foreseeson Technology, Lang Labs, Precision Auto Service, Recharged, Rikur Energy, Sema Connect and Zero Motorcycles.
Other EV-related stakeholders and sustainability exhibitors in 2018 included the 2 Degrees Institute, BC Hydro Power Smart, BC Sustainable Energy Association, Clean Energy Vehicles for BC, Community Energy Association, Metro Vancouver, Pop Up City Hall and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (which is the host of the event).
Between all the above groups, there is a lot to see and learn about at ElectraFest.
Check back for 2019 updates.
Below is a video that will give you an idea about what the Electrafest event looks like.
As you’ll see in the video, there is a wide range of vehicles with displays both indoors and outside.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at the ElectraFest event.
TIP #1: Unless you already have an electric car, consider riding your bicycle to the event or taking public transit. The False Creek Seawall is close by, as is the Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain Station.
TIP #2: There is a free bicycle valet service at the event, plus a free community bike ride beginning at nearby David Lam Park at 5:00 pm.
TIP #3: Explore the surrounding area either before or after attending the event. There are some great restaurants in Yaletown, and the False Creek Seawall is an exceptional place for walks and leisurely cycle rides.
TIP #4: Chat with the exhibitors and ask questions. You’ll learn lots and they’d love to chat.
TIP #5: Sign up to test drive one of the electric vehicles. Or, if you’re too nervous to actually drive, sign up for a “ride-along.” Especially if you’ve never been in a completely electric vehicle before, the experience is worth lining up for.
GET CASH FOR YOUR CLUNKER!
TIP #7: Did you know that BC has a program where you if you “retire” your old gas-guzzling car you can get your choice of a range of valuable EV and sustainable transportation incentives including up to $6000 towards a new electric vehicle or $850 towards an electric bike? Click BC Scrap-It Program for details.
For more information about the event, check out the ElectraFest website.
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