As we continue to evolve, and society pushes for sustainability more and more, going green has never been trendier. Now the shift to going completely emission free is a slow one, innovative companies like Tesla are not only ushering in a new era of environmentally-friendly vehicles, they’re doing it in style.
Here in Montreal, we seem to be embracing the trend too, because as you've probably noticed, Teslas keep popping up all over the city. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a step in the right direction, just that I’m here like, "Nice car and all, but for $120k, can it actually last farther than a milk-run to the corner store before running out of juice?”
With some help from the auto insurance experts atLa Capitale, I decided to find out exactly how efficient this new automotive generation really is by putting the driving ranges of 9 different 100% electric vehicles to the ultimate road test: A trip to Gaspé!
First stop - Drummondville (110km from Montreal)
With a 100km driving range, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV couldn't make it to Drummondville, but the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet with 110km range does barely manage. The Ford Focus (120km) breezes through but with only 10km to spare. Three down, six to go!
Second stop - Victoriaville (162km from Montreal)
If you're looking to visit the famous Le Madrid restaurant (you know, the one with all the dinosaurs out front?), the Chevrolet Spark EV and the Kia Soul EV will get you there, but not much further unfortunately, tapping out with 130km and 150km driving ranges respectively. It's also the end of the road for the futuristic-looking BMW I3 which offers 160km driving range, 2km short of Victoriaville itself. A solid effort by all.
Final stop - Rivière-du-Loup (432km from Montreal)
Out of the 3 remaining competitors, only the Tesla Model S (439km driving range) arrives with charge to spare, over the Nissan Leaf (172km driving range) and Tesla's Model X counterpart (410km driving range). In the end, Tesla proves to be the undeniable champion, but we already knew it would didn't we.
Okay, driving all the way to Gaspé on a single charge is still impossible, even for Mr. Musk himself, but the results are still very promising. Overall, driving ranges come down to a variety of factors, and depending on your personal needs, electric cars can go the distance.
Considering the long-term savings, the good it does for the planet, and a growing network of charging stations (including more than 800 here in Quebec), going electric is finally becoming a viable form of transportation. The government even offers generous rebates on the purchase or rental of certain models to encourage the transition.
So while Tesla is certainly making electric cars look cooler than ever, they're not the only ones playing the gas-free game. Major manufacturers like Ford, Chevy, Mitsubishi, and even BMW are all racing to turn the eco-dream into mainstream reality, and I for one am all for it. Here's to the future of affordable sustainability!
Would you get an electric car and if so, which one? Let us know in the comments!
An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
They don't simply attach to your roof, they are the roof.
They're called Solar Roof Tiles, and with them you can transform your home into your very own solar energy plant.
But what makes these panels even better is the simple fact that they are more likely to be used by homeowners and builders. That's because Tesla actually took aesthetics into consideration when designing them.
No one wants to install a giant solar panel on the roof, but these tiles blend right in with the design of your home. There are even 4 different textures to choose from which include Textured Glass, Slate Glass, Tuscan Glass and Smooth Glass.
The second thing that makes these tiles worth the investment, is the durability. They are actually way tougher than regular roofing materials meaning you'll be extending the life of you roof.
Common roofing materials normally last about 20 year, but these tiles are supposed to last up to three times longer.
Pair these tiles with Tesla's Powerwall 2 battery, and you can power a standard home without ever having to worry about power outages.
As for the cost, no exact figured have been mentioned, however Elon Musk said that the cost of installing these panels would be far less than installing a regular roof and paying the electric company for power.
It might be gloomy and rainy in Montreal, but that hasn't stopped folks from lining up outside in anticipation for the chance to reserve Tesla Motors' brand new, yet-to-be unveiled vehicle, otherwise known as the Tesla Model 3.
Despite the fact that no one has seen an official image of the Model 3, over two hundred Montrealers have posted up outside of Tesla's Montreal dealership so that they can put their $1000 reservation-down payment on the new model, to ensure they get a Model 3 once it is released in 2017.
So why are Montrealers clamouring for a car that has yet to even be unveiled? Well, mainly the price, as the Model 3 will be the first affordably priced Tesla automobile in the company's lineup. With a price-tag set at around $45,000 Canadian, the Model 3 hopes to bring electric vehicles to a new market of consumers.
But, again, there has been next to no confirmed information released regarding the Model 3, with Tesla being quite secretive about the whole thing.
The electric-powered automotive company headed by Elon Musk is waiting 'til tonight at 8:30pm Pacific Time to unveil the car, which will be the same time folks can reserve their spot.
So the +200 Montrealers standing in line a the CDN-NDG Tesla dealership (which started as early as 10pm last night) have a while longer to wait before they can officially put in their refundable down payment. And given their fervour, you're no doubt wondering "damn, should I be in line too?"
Before you jump into the lineup, get yourself acquainted with everything there is to know about the Model 3 first. Compiling information from various online resources, we've done the work for you below.
Note, however, that pretty much everything anyone has said about the Model 3 is pure speculation, so take it all with a grain of salt. Still, given Tesla's past actions and Musk's previous comments, some of the info below is nearly a guarantee.
It will be about as large as an Audi A4
According to Elon Musk, the Model 3 is set to be around 20% smaller than the Tesla Model S, which would put it at around the same size as an Audi A4.
There could be a "frunk"
Or, to those less familiar with Tesla-lingo, a "front trunk." Since electric cars don't need a motor at the front of the vehicle, they have extra space, which Tesla has used to install a "frunk" in their automobiles. Chances are the Model 3 will do the same, so think an Audi 4 sized car but with the added storage space of a frunk.
You'll be able to drive 200 miles for every charge
As promised by Tesla, a single full charge of the Model 3 will allow you to travel a distance of at least 200 miles, or about 322kms. Other sources say up to 480kms. Chances are the Model 3 could even go further, given its small size.
The Model 3 will be able to drive itself, maybe
Some have speculated that the Model 3 will be capable of autonomous driving, given Musk's previous comments on the future of autonomous vehicles. Having the sensors installed may up the price, however, which brings us to...
Upgrades will cost you
Despite the more affordable price tag on the Model 3, you'll likely have to pay more if you want all the bells and whistles. Potential upgrades like all-wheel drive, a larger battery, and higher speeds will almost definitely cost you extra cash.
There will be a legit warranty
As noted by Musk via Twitter, the Model 3 will have a warranty much like the Model S's, which is good for a full eight years and covers both the battery and car itself.
The battery makes it cheaper
In order to make the Model 3 much more affordable, Tesla teamed up with Panasonic to create cheaper battery packs. Currently produced in Japan, Tesla plans to open a battery-factory in Nevada in the near future, which will cost a cool $5 billion.
You can get a $8000 rebate
Making the Model 3 even more affordable for folks in Quebec is the $8000 rebate provided to those with an all-electric car from the province's Drive Electric Program. Find out more details here.
You can reserve your spot online
If you don't quite feel like standing in the rain to reserve your Model 3, Tesla is offering folks the chance to reserve online. Head to Tesla's website right at 8:30pm, when the unveiling event begins, to reserve your spot. Tesla will also be live-streaming the event.
I'm not a car person, but I know a good deal when I see one. So far, Tesla has had a "dream car" reputation that an average human being like myself could not afford. I'd see them in and around Montreal, admire their slick design and move on with my life... until a few months ago, when I heard that Tesla is coming out with a brand new sedan that's going to sell for $35,000 (base model). Wait, what?
Affordable luxury is such a smart concept. It's almost like when Balmain did a collaboration with H&M. Almost. It gives average people a lifestyle they wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. In other words, I can have a sick car that's slightly more expensive than a Honda Accord for example, but is SO MUCH cooler than any other option in its price category. I have never been this excited about a car on the market.
The new Model III production is rumoured to begin in 2017. It's lighter than their current Model S and much cheaper as well ($60,000+ vs. $35,000). This electric vehicle will charge in only 25 minutes (which is insane, my iPhone takes longer to charge!) and go 200 miles per charge. Tesla's commitment to providing a quality, affordable car is so real. Not to mention the obvious - electric vehicles help fight atmosphere pollution.
It's said to look a lot like Tesla's Model S, which is absolutely gorgeous. The official reveal is scheduled for March 2016 (preorders will also begin at this time), but it will not provide full details about the car until a lot closer to the production time. Its main rivals? BMW 3 series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.
Model III will come with free use of Tesla's Supercharger network.
"In the U.S., there are superchargers in Albany, about mid-way between Montreal and New York City. There is also an array of other charging stations for electric vehicles in Quebec, Ontario and the U.S.
In the coming weeks and months, Tesla will roll out superchargers along the following routes: