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Electric cars: Green your wheels

Until January 31, 2013, sign up for an AutoShare membership at a reduced rate of $29 (usually $129) and use an Electric Vehicle for up to 12 hours for free! Simply visit http://autoshare.com/EV.html and register using the EVFREE promotion code.

After your first use, if you’re an electric mobility fan, you can continue to use the electric car at the same rate as the gas-powered vehicles in AutoShare’s fleet. This is a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions the next time you need to use a car for personal or business travel.

Cara Clairman – president of Plug’n Drive Ontario – is a regular user of AutoShare’s electric vehicles for business travel. She says that electric vehicles are quiet, easy to drive and that the range is great for GTA travel (she noted she can travel to Markham and back without needing to worry about topping-up the battery).

Let us know how your test drive goes!


  • Oddy

    @Kevin Charles Hopper

    Not sure if you are a troll, but whatever i am gonna vent at YOU instead. WWF is not claiming this as an all over solution to the problem, it is simply one of many alternatives to driving in gas cars, metro transit is another as well. And don’t forget WWF is not an organization here to SOLVE all the environmental problems of the world, they are here to raise awareness on a small fraction of the problems. If you want to vent at someone for making “poor” decisions go to your government and talk to them, talk to planners and figure out why after so many years of demand for more walkable cities, they keep popping up these suburban jungles.

    Plus if you are claiming you want to save the wildlife, then you wouldn’t be suggesting mass transit. Mass transit would still require roads to drive on, and underground tunnels to have trains run through. If you want to encourage saving wildlife i would suggest something like making communities for WALKABLE, so that there isn’t the need for cars or even mass transit. You would be able to WALK from A to B to C etc. You can even work to encourage LESS light pollution, which is a huge killer of nocturnal wildlife, marine life and birds. They get confused with the light at night and can run into situations (AKA cars) on nearby roads or expose themselves to predators because they are attracted to the abnormal light.

    Plus at least WWF is not promoting the newest Hummer to test drive. They are promoting a small ELECTRIC fueled car that gets you to a SHORT distance, something that inner city folks would use.

  • http://www.wwf.ca Rebecca Spring

    Thanks for all of your comments. We’ve been really happy with the response to this program and are working to expand it to other cities and communities. We will certainly let you know when there is something new!

    We’ve been finding working with AutoShare has been a great opportunity to give people access to an electric vehicle without having to purchase one on their own. Electric vehicles and carsharing are a part of a mix of solutions to reducing GHG emissions in the long term, complementary to increased transit, better city planning, and initiatives to encourage active transportation. You can find our sustainable transportation report here: http://awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_road_eng_2012_oct_8.pdf.

  • Denise

    Great idea when for Quebec..we need this here!!!!!

  • http://speedy_c.tripod.com Helmut Clasen

    Its people like K.C.Hopper who will never understand that we can not turn the wheel backwarts but can only help step by step to do better.
    I am driving for years a Toyota Prius and have not only saved a lot of gasoline but have in a small but important step done what I am able to do.
    My next target is indeed a full E-car as soon as my Prius needs to be traded …
    Thank you Rebecca.
    Helmut Clasen Dundas Ontario.

  • http://www.kevinhopper.ca Kevin Charles Hopper

    This is nothing but CRAP! Cars are the worst polluters, the greatest gobblers of land, the best at spreading out populations and creating urban sprawl! WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING? If WWF really card about wildlife, you would be encouraging and promoting MASS TRANSIT, and re-designed cities that concentrated populations and made getting around those cities, and inter-city high-speed trains, a real possibility. As it is, YOU ARE TWENTY YEARS BEHIND THE REALITY CURVE! We need ‘city block’ cities, cities designed for people instead of cars, the most expensive, wasteful and polluting ways to get people from A to B. THINK, WWF, THINK! You are not working for wildlife when you advertise electric cars as the answer—so last century thinking. It is pathetic!

  • http://silverdelrio.wordpress Deloris

    Will you be comming to Québec city?

  • uteflower@shaw.,ca

    Are you coming to Vancouver?