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Winners Announced for Canada’s First Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards

Vancouver, British Columbia - October 29, 2014. The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), in partnership with Plug'n Drive, was pleased to present Canada’s first-ever Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards to three Canadian car dealerships demonstrating leadership in the promotion and sale of electric vehicles in Canada.

Presenting the awards were CEA President and CEO Jim R. Burpee and Plug’n Drive President and CEO Cara Clairman at the EV 2014 VÉ Electric Vehicles Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, Canada’s biggest annual electric vehicle event:

 

 

 

  • Leading Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Dealership Award
    Park Avenue Nissan Brossard (Brossard, Québec)
    Accepted by Luc Fournier, General Director
     
  • Leading Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Dealership Award
    Bourgeois Chevrolet (Rawdon, Québec)
    Accepted by Mr. Samuel Jeanson, Co-owner
     
  • Electric Vehicle Dealership Inspiration Award
    Loch Lomond Mitsubishi (Saint John, New Brunswick)
    Accepted by Mr. Fred Chamberlain, General Manager

“We’re marking history today,” said Mr. Burpee. “The use of electricity as a transportation fuel is expected to be a transformational force in the evolution of our electricity grid. Today’s winners are to be counted among the electric vehicle pioneers on the leading edge of electrified and sustainable transportation.”

Electric vehicles represent the potential for a sustainable transportation industry. Emitting up to 90 per cent less carbon dioxide than gas-powered cars, depending on the electricity source, these vehicles are environmentally-friendly. Electric vehicle owners also enjoy the financial benefits of significantly lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to gas cars.

“The faster Canadians adopt electric cars the sooner we maximize their environmental and economic benefits,” said Ms. Clairman. “Informed dealerships that are motivated to offer electric vehicle choices for customers and help drivers make the switch truly make a difference in the collective effort to overcome technology and market barriers in these early years.”

The Canadian Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards Program is a joint initiative between the Canadian Electricity Association and Plug'n Drive. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) National is a major sponsor. Electric Mobility Canada is the hosting sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Cross Chasm Technologies, MARCON, New Car Dealers of British Columbia and Sun Country Highway.

To read the 2014 Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards backgrounder, click here.

For more about the annual Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards program, visit www.electricvehicleawards.ca.

About Plug’n Drive
Plug'n Drive is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric cars to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. To help
drivers make the switch, Plug'n Drive is focused on three key programs: Education, Home and Public Charging Infrastructure and Research to support the electric vehicle industry. Visit www.plugndrive.ca.

About CEA
The Canadian Electricity Association is the national voice of the electricity industry in Canada. Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) members generate, transmit and
distribute electrical energy to industrial, commercial, residential and institutional customers across Canada every day. CEA is committed to improving the understanding of smart grid activities and advocating for the further use of electricity as a transportation fuel in order to help Canada and the electricity sector meet social, environmental, and economic goals. Visit www.electricity.ca.

For additional information:
Samara Wiseman, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
Tel.: 613 688 2954
Cell: 613 355 4022
Email: wiseman@electricity.ca

CAA applauds best in road safety journalism

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 CAA Road Safety Journalism Award, presented last evening at the awards banquet of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada.

Lesley Wimbush won for her dramatic and gripping new spin on a perennial Canadian dread: being stuck at night, in your car, in the winter. CAA judges felt that her article combined good writing and a great hook with good service journalism that could actually save lives, or at the very least make them less scary.

Mark Toljagic also received an honorary mention for his informative narrative about the real-world impacts of new technologies that impair our driving both physically and mentally. Judges said the article combined good research and a clear writing style that was easy to read right to the end of the article.

CAA is pleased to sponsor the CAA Road Safety Journalism Award to draw attention to the importance of public service journalism on road safety, and to highlight the excellent work being done in the field.

CAA is a federation of nine Clubs providing 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its Members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further comment or to book an interview, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles

Manager, Public Affairs

Office: 613-247-0117 ext. 2006

Mobile: 613-796-9404

kdarbelles@national.caa.ca

 

CAA Urges Teens and Parents to Discuss Safe Driving During National Teen Driver Safety Week

Ottawa, ON – With motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among teens in Canada, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) encourages teens and parents to discuss and practice safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week, happening from Oct. 19 to 25.

“In this new era of driving, teens are faced with so many more challenges on the road, from texting to other electronic usage,” says Jeff Walker, vice-president of public affairs, CAA National. “Parents need to set a good example, early, by showing their teens how to be 100% committed to the rules of the road and fully engaged while driving.”

CAA wants to help teens start their driving careers off on the right foot. As a comprehensive guide for new drivers and their parents, DriveRight (www.CAA.ca/DriveRight) features useful reminders, tips, questions and do’s and don’ts that parents and new drivers can refer to throughout the learning-to-drive process.

Some good tips to keep in mind are:

  • Turn your phone off or put it well out of your reach so you won’t be tempted to break the law by using it while on the road.
  • Discussion is critical to developing a healthy family driving relationship – download CAA’s parent-teen agreement to help both sides talk about their mutual rights and responsibilities.
  • Holding a driver’s license is a privilege not a right—be a responsible driver at all times.
  • Parents need to heed similar advice—don’t teach your young driver your own bad habits.

Teens and parents don’t have to limit their discussions to this one week, but are encouraged to review their driving habits on a regular basis together.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is conducted annually during the third week of October and raises awareness on teen driver safety through community and youth engagement.  

Canadians will travel further for good gas price, poll finds

CAA app, website provide information for consumers and media on gas prices

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Canadians are willing to drive further if it means getting a good price on gas, according to a new poll released today by the Canadian Automobile Association, as it launched a new online service that allows Canadians to better inform themselves about gas prices.

CAA’s app and website provide the price of gas wherever you are, as well as average prices for communities, provinces and the country. They can be downloaded at www.getgasprices.ca, or through Android and Apple app stores, and are free and available to anyone.

“Gas prices are something that Canadians watch closely,” says Jeff Walker, vice-president of public affairs, CAA National. “Canadians often feel helpless about the cost of gas. Our new products provide consumers with the knowledge needed to make a well-informed decision on when to gas up.”

Looking at the past 12 months, the national average was as high as $1.39/litre in June 2014, and as low as $1.20/litre in November 2013, according to figures from www.getgasprices.ca.

With fluctuating prices, there is no surprise that two thirds of Canadians say they will drive a further one kilometre to save 3¢/litre on gas, and more than 80 percent will drive one kilometre to save 5¢/litre.

The new app displays gas prices at thousands of individual gas stations across Canada, while www.getgasprices.ca shows the average gas price for the past day, week, month and year for over 100 Canadian cities, as well as for the provinces and the country as a whole. The app and website can be accessed from each other.

For more information or to download the app, visit caa.ca/mobile or http://gasprices.caa.ca/find-prices-at-the-pump/.

The CAA poll surveyed 1,252 Canadians. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.8%, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. It has been an advocate for road users for over 100 years.

For further information, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-247-0117 ext. 2006
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca

Make Sure Road Safety is Part of School Routine

OTTAWA – With the back-to-school September rush slowing down, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) reminds motorists to keep road safety in mind.

Students are walking, biking and are being driven to school, and for some it is the very first time. With the help of parents and caregivers, we can teach our children the rules of the road by sharing safety tips during the commute to school. A watchful eye before and after school hours and slowing down in school zones, will also help avoid dangerous situations and keep everyone safe.

“We encourage all motorists and parents to be cautious when driving in school zones,” says Jeff Walker, CAA National’s Vice-President of Public Affairs. “It is important to put away distractions such as phones and be extra attentive in school zones, be it a parent driving or a child walking to school.”

CAA also reminds drivers to keep an eye out for CAA School Safety patrollers. More than 70,000 youth volunteers nationwide ensure their peers remain safe while traveling to and from school. You might recognize them in their bright vests at busy intersections near schools or on school buses.

Here are some more dos and don’ts to add to your school routine:

Do’s:

  • Pay attention and look both ways before crossing a street.
  • Be prepared to stop for CAA school safety patrollers at intersections and crossways.
  • Slow down to the posted speed limit and carefully watch for kids crossing in between parked cars.
  • Stop for buses when a bus’s lights are flashing. Wait until the children have fully entered or exited the bus and the lights stop flashing to proceed.
  • Pick a designated pick-up  spot that’s safe and easily accessible to your child to avoid kids wandering the streets to find their ride home.
  • Always signal whether driving or biking, share your intentions with others on the road.
  • Wear a helmet. Encourage your children to wear a properly fitted helmet while biking.


Don’ts:

  • Don’t be distracted – put down the coffee or phone and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Don’t park in no parking or no stopping zones even if it’s for a few minutes. Plan ahead and pick a designated pick-up spot.
  • Don’t idle, if you stop for longer than 10 seconds it’s more fuel efficient to shut off your car and turn it back on when it’s time to go.
  • Don’t ignore School Safety Patrollers as they are there to protect youngsters as they cross the street. When crossing guards extend their flag or signs and enter the street, come to a complete stop and wait for all pedestrians to cross, proceeding only when the patroller has returned to the curb.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services.

For further information or to book an interview today, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-247-0117 ext. 2006
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca