National Plug In Day

We had a great EV meetup today to celebrate the National Plug In Day at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Ottawa. National Plug In Day draws attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through events staged in cities in Canada and the U.S.

Two LEAFs charging during the NPID 2012

We had 10 EVs in total:

  • 5 LEAFs
  • 2 Volts
  • 1 Tesla Roadster
  • 1 Via Motors VTRUX
  • 1 Electric Ford Ranger (custom converted)

Volt charging during the NPID 2012

The event was organized by the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa. We also received support from the City of Ottawa, which provided the parking space and free electrons during the event. The City is also planning to upgrade two of the 120 V stalls to Level 2 charging stations.

Via Motors VTRUX Electric Truck

Kent Rathwell, president of Sun Country Highway brought the VTRUX, an electric pickup truck built by Via Motors.

We also had a Tesla Roadster, the first EV officially registered in Ontario, “Sparky” the Electric Ford Ranger, converted by Allan Poulsen.

Not enough EV parking spots 🙂

We actually ran out of EV parking spots during the event. The recreational complex has 9 charging points and we had 10 EVs.



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