ElectraFest is a tradeshow-style event showcasing electric cars and other vehicles at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown in August.
It’s a free event and there are cool things to see!
See the ElectraFest website for full details.
ElectraFest 2019 at the Roundhouse
Celebrating its 24th 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 2019 the event takes place on Saturday, August 24th, from 10 am until 6 pm. Prior to last year the event has taken place at Concord Pacific Place near BC Place Stadium. Since 2018, however, it happens at the Roundhouse Community Centre which is located at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown.
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 2019 there is a 1912 Detroit Electric Vehicle to admire and learn about!
Last year there was also 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 2019 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, as is the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
EV Information Sessions
If you want to learn more about Electric Vehicles, or you just love tech things, there are 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 2019 include a variety of Tesla models as well as the Karma Revero PHEV, Jaguar I-Pace, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and Chevy BOLT. Also on display this year are the Volkswagen E-Golf, Hyundai Kona and IONIC, Kia Soul and Niro, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Meccanica’s SOLO and e-Roadster.
Electric bike exhibitors at ElectraFest 2019 include Vintage Iron Cycles, Urban Machina, Hill Eater Bikes, Pedego Vancouver, Ride The Glide and Motorino. Other e-bike participants this year are Grin Technologies, OHM Cycles, E-Bike BC, Reckless Bike Store and Trident Sport.
Electric vehicle exhibitors at the event both this year and last include the Dueck Auto Group, Electra Meccanica, Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience, KIA North Shore, Metrotown Mitsubishi, Nissan Canada and Westwood Honda. Other exhibitors in 2019 are the Tesla Owners Club of BC, Jaguar Canada, Morrey Nissan, Karma Automotive Vancouver and Open Road Hyundai Boundary.
EV-related industry exhibitors in 2019 include Cielo Electric, Electrum Charging Solutions, FLO Energy, Foreseeson Technology, SFU Team Phantom, SV Yachts & Boats and others.
Other EV-related stakeholders and sustainability exhibitors in 2019 include the 2 Degrees Institute, BC Hydro Power Smart, BC Sustainable Energy Association, Community Energy Association, Metro Vancouver, the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (which is the host of the event) and others.
Between all the above groups, there is a lot to see and learn about at ElectraFest.
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: 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 #3: Chat with the exhibitors and ask questions. You’ll learn lots and they’d love to chat.
TIP #4: 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 #6: Did you know that BC has a program where if you “retire” your old gas-guzzling car you can get your choice of a range of valuable EV and sustainable transportation incentives including between hundreds and several thousand dollars towards a new electric vehicle or electric bike? The program has run out of money for this year, but will likely have more again in 2020. Click BC Scrap-It Program for details.
For more information about the event, check out the ElectraFest website.
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