“Current Planned Dealerships”
See Dealership Enquiry – Electra MeccanicaThere’s still no dealership planned for my neighbourhood but there is one in Calgary, AB. There are even a number of charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway which would allow me to drive the thing back.
- Start at Calgary
- Strathmore, Alberta – Peavey Mart 53km
- Brooks Alberta – Ramada 117km
- Medicine Hat, Alberta – Peavey Mart 107km
- Swift Current, Saskatchewan – Kal Tire 225km!
- Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – Peavey Mart 174km!
- Regina, Saskatchewan – Peavey Mart 72km (Also BMW 700 Broadstreet and 1919 1st Avenue)
- Fort Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan – Museum 53km
- Whitewood, Saskatchewan – 151km
- Virden, Manitoba – CP Train Station 115km (level 2 but only 32A)
- Carberry, Manitoba – Behind old Town Hall 125km
- Headingly, Manitoba – Behind Best Western (level 2 but only 60A) 153km
- Home! 43km
There are two segments which exceed the nominal range of 160km. Whether I can get more range on a charge by driving carefully at some optimal speed (air-resistance increases with the square of the speed so the lowest legal speed is probably about right, say 70km/h) or a tail-wind will help (prairies winds in summer are usually from the South West…) remains to be seen. It’s easy enough to buy a small fuelled generator (or small solar panels – The Martian did it. Why can’t I?) to carry as a range-extender.
Charging time would add a day or two to the trip. It’s OK once to check out the vehicle. This project would be a good test of range and how the machine behaves as the charge runs out…
Thanks to Peavey Mart and others who offer $free charging to EV operators. This is a great measure to give EVs a little push…
UPDATE I’ve discovered a longer alternative route with much smaller intervals between charging stations in Saskatchewan, driving north towards Edmonton and then East along the “Yellowhead Route”. It adds 200 miles to the trip but the longest leg is now 143km unless the station at Portage La Prairie doesn’t happen. Then it’s 150km: Southeast Calgary, RoseBud (113km), Stettler (132km), Camrose Peavey Mart (91km), Vegreville (110km), Vermilion (94km), Lloydminster (61km), North Battleford (139km), Langham (105km), Saskatoon (35km), Davidson (115km), 777 Albert Street Best Western Regina (143km), Fort Qu’Appelle (75km), Yorkton (113km), Whitewood (115km), Virden (114km), Brandon Comfort Inn (79km), Carberry (47km, 44km via Road 351 (very scenic too)), Portage La Prairie (84km, 80km via Road 351 from Carberry) (to be installed), Headingley Best Western (
150km71km), HOME! (45km)
I can do this… 1855km, in 19h the old way and about 3 days (27h driving) my way. Good fun! I will get to see a lot of Canada for $0 worth of gasoline! One of the charging stations is historic, first of its kind in Saskatchewan at Langham, SK, and
at a grain elevator.
UPDATE – SunCountry still shows Portage La Prairie as “Installation Pending”. SunCountry was offering sites units at no cost except maintenance. I think it is the local government wanting the installation but I can’t find anything about it in minutes of meetings. Portage has Free WiFi. Carman, a town 3 times smaller has two charging stations for EVs. Carman proudly lists those as good reasons to visit Carman. I’ve done business with Aubin Nurseries there before. Perhaps I will again. If I drive south from Carberry to highway 2 to Ryall Park in Carman, it’s only 144km instead of the 150 to Winnipeg. Then home is within range… I like it.
The distance to Carberry should be manageable except in winter. It’s too bad. While charging stations won’t give a huge burst to the local economy they are something and definitely put a place on the map. EVs are rapidly growing in popularity. A charging station in Portage could have brought a lot of visitors from Winnipeg. I likely never would have visited PowerView, Manitoba except for their EV charging station, and great fishing… 2018 will be a different year for me.