The Real Reason I Bought an Electric Vehicle

When Steve Howard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in the spring of 2019, I made it my life’s mission to create the conditions that would allow him to drive his Mitsubishi i-MiEV from his home in Summerside to work at the Legislature and back, something that required a charge in Charlottetown where chargers are few and far between.

So in December I purchased a Kia Soul EV, and with it came an EVduty level 2 charger, which I installed off my driveway this winter.

Making my driveway ready to receive Steve’s car.

Which it did this morning:

Steve Howard's Mitsubishi electric car charging in my driveway

Steve Howard's car from the side, in front of our Kia Soul EV

I’m quite proud that our house can provide the energy infrastructure for the transportation of the Green Party Shadow Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Energy.


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Thelma on May 26, 2020 - 19:28 Permalink


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Steven Garrity on May 26, 2020 - 21:29 Permalink

Can I charge my phone there in, like, 2 seconds?

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Oliver B on May 27, 2020 - 03:09 Permalink


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Juliane on May 27, 2020 - 06:08 Permalink


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Steve Howard on May 27, 2020 - 23:54 Permalink

Thank you so much! See you tomorrow?

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Anna on May 28, 2020 - 09:06 Permalink

Bravo! As a rural EV driver I can confirm: Charlottetown needs more chargers downtown!

Amsterdam had a policy for a few years whereby of you bought an electric car, the city would install a charger to service two public parking spots, at the parking spot nearest your home. It was a great way to spread the infrastructure around the city at twice the rate of uptake as EVs, and benefited not only the individual owner, but all of society. Much better use of public funds than EV subsidies!

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Peter Rukavina on May 28, 2020 - 11:23 Permalink

I was pleasantly surprised when I approached the City of Charlottetown about the possibility of installing a public charger in the space in front of my house, powered from my home electricity. They were open to the idea. I’d have to pay for it (~$1000), of course.