Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.
February 4, 2021, ZOOM Meeting
In February 2020, I started my third year working as a contracted Product Specialist for Plug’n Drive at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre (EVDC) in Toronto, Canada. Plug’n Drive is a not-for-profit organization that is accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles for their environmental and economic benefits and is the creator of the EVDC, the world’s first facility dedicated to public education regarding electric vehicles.
The Centre has provided me with an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in the EV (Electric Vehicle) world and to meet many people who share my interest in them.
I was an amateur sports car builder and racer in my youth and have had a life-long fascination with automobiles in all of their various shapes and flavors. As a result, I enjoy learning more about the new technologies and experiencing the joys of driving these fantastic cars.
Over the past three years I have conducted hundreds of conversations and test drives with prospective buyers at the EVDC, on road trips, at school presentations, and at 4 major international auto shows. During that time span I have driven 20 different models of EVs and PHEVs from 13 different manufacturers.
I have also gained valuable insights into EV ownership from numerous current owners and manufacturers of BEVs and PHEVs. If I use the term EV, it is a general reference to all types of electrified cars. Designations such as BEV (Battery electric vehicle – powered only by electricity) or PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle which has both gas and electric power on board) reference a specific type of EV.
Why I wrote this book
The test-drives and conversations educated me on what people want to know about EVs and what they have been told, many times from ill-informed sources or those wishing to discourage their interest. I want to be the voice of reason by informing readers with little or no prior exposure to electric vehicles.
As I researched my topics to validate my input, I discovered how hard it is to locate useful, trustworthy information about many seemingly common and relatively simple queries. If I struggle, with all my knowledge, I can’t imagine what you have faced in your quest for valid info.
This book is really a conversation about EVs, things I have been asked over the past three years. It’s more of a user’s guidebook than a detailed technical resource although some techie data is presented from place to place.
Guy Chartrand, President & CEO, CGMH.
Ken Lucyshyn, Walker Aggregates, Duntroon
Captain Brad Moore, Marine Simulation Developer
Diana Bishop, Author ,Television journalist and
Carol Lambie, CEO, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health
Martin Rydlo, Marketing,Business Mgmt, Town of Collingwood
Brett Dixon, RPF, Forestry Department, County of Simcoe
Charlie Tatham, Collingwood Regional Airport
Dave Chambers, All about Hockey October
Terry Reardon, Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King
Jeff Shearer, On the Bay Magazine
Alan Mallory, The Family That Conquered Everest
Jeff McInnis, Northwest Passage by Catamaran
Glad Bryce, RCAF Women’s Division, WW11
Jeff and Susan Potts, Hull 192, Collingwood Shipyard Disaster
Professor Basil Kalymon, Crisis in Ukraine
Brock Godfrey, Canadian Anti-fraud for seniors
Dean Collver, Director, Parks, Recreation and Culture, Town of Collingwood.
Gord Canning, CEO Blue Mountain Resorts, Retired
Andy Barrie, Radio Personality and Talk Show host.
Elizabeth Klinck, Visual Researcher
Dr. Tom Stiff, Canadian Space Agency, NASA
Dr. George Soleas, CEO, LCBO
John Carswell, Canada’s High Arctic
Nicole Moore & Peter Jennings, Shark Attack
Dr.Bob Galway, Early Airfields of Toronto
Diana Bishop, Author,International news reporter
Dr. Tom Stiff, All about asteroids
Melissa Shaw, Collingwood at Confederation
Fred Dobbs, Nottawa Valley Conservation Authority
Marjorie Medley, Seniors Health
Ross Parr, Chief, Collingwood Fire Department
Mary Shannon, OPP Commander , Collingwood
Capt. Peter Lang, Air Canada Ret’d, Safe Flight
Ted Barris, The ‘Canadian’ Great Escape
Tanh Campbell, Author, Orphan 32
Cecily Ross, Author,‘Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie’
Janet Peters, Author,‘The Reluctant Sailor’
Brent Preston, ‘The New Farm’
Dr. John Fernandes, Forensic pathologist
Chris Allum and Allister Field, Ontario Securities Commission
Tom Bell, Cycling the length of South America
Dr. Karl Schiefer, Georgian Bay Ecosystem
Mauro Ferrioli, Trent Campbell, Firefighters Toronto Pearson Emergency Services
Ted Barris, The Dam Busters, The Canadian Story
Robert Burcher, Environmentalist John Muir
Dr. Wilma DeGroot, Hercules crash and rescue High Arctic
Dr. Karin Euler, MedicalMissions to Tanzania
January: Nancy Ferrer, Town Planner Collingwood
February: Mary Kocher, Simcoe County Health Nurse, Use of Cannabis
March: Michael Treuman, Bruce Trail
April: Marci Janecek, Physiotherapist
May: Ted Barris, Juno Beach
June: David Bourque, Professional Musician
July: Dr.Richard Hawkins, Orthopedic Surgeon
August: Tim Burrows, Electric Vehicles
September: Kim Oxley, Paramedic Trainer
October: Norah Holder, CEO Collingwood Hospital
November: Roger Litwiller, History Royal Canadian Navy
December: Dr. Amy Barron, Agatha Christie, Archaeology
January: Erika Engel, Editor, Reporter, Collingwood Today
February: Erin Churchill, RN Nurse Practitioner, Men’sHealth
March: Dr Bob Galway, ‘Richard Sterling Finnie, Arctic Explorer and Film maker’.
November: Dr Bob Galway, COVID 19 Pandemic, Virtual Meeting
December: Dr. Amy Barrron, Adventures of a female Archaeologist
January: Terry Fallis, Author and Humourist
Meetings are the first Thursday of every month, starting at 0945 am. They are held at The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood.
Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: John Megarry, 705-445-1261